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Geneaologies of Old Families 


Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens 









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Ackerman 117 

Ainsworth 1 03 

Alcorn 92 

Allen 95 

Allison 108 

Arthur 98 

Ashley 9 6 

Aylesworth 119 


Babcock 188 

Barber 165 

Barker 149 

Barton 169 

Benson 167 

Bell 123 

Bird 173 

Blakely 158 

Blanchard 175 

Bleasdell 125 

Bleecker 31 

Bog 176 

Bongard 141 

Bonisteel, John 146 

C. H 173 

Boulter 180 

Bowerman 1 28 

Bowler ~. 171 

Bristol 162 

Broad 927 

Bryant 1 24 

Bullock 136 

Bush 154 


Calnan 255 

Campbell, Rev. A 204 

Carr, John 230 

Carson, S. W 253 

Chapman 229 

Chisholm 236 

Christie 24=} 

Church 225 

Clapp 191 

Clark, Paul 246 

Cole 222 

Coleman 240 

Collier 200 

Collins 220 

Connor Farm, The 249 

Conger , 961 

Conroy 203 

Cooper 213 

Corby 198 

Cory ' . . 928 

Cronk 210 

Crothers 212 

Crouter 251 

Crowe v . . 232 

Cummings 243 

Cunningham 206 

Currie, John. . . 216 

Wm 217 


Dafoe 265 

Daly 271 

David 275 

Davidson 267 

Davis 279 

Daynard 292 

De Mille 287 

Demorest . : 37 

Denike 283 

Denyes 26 3 

Diamond - ()cS 


Borland 9 66 

Doxsee 259 

Dre wry 295 

Dulmage 934 



Farley 87 

Farrington 309 

Faulkner 315 

Finkle 33 2 

Flakier 3 2 4 

Flindall 3 J 4 

Flint 305 

Foster 319 

Foster, Thos 323 

Fox 328 

Fraleck 301 

Fraleigh 304 

Francis 306 

Fraser Family 307 

Fraser, Robert 309 

Funnell 312 


Garrett 82 

Garrison 362 

Gilbert 371 

Gildersleeve 339 

Gilmour & Co 368 

Glenn 353 

Goodwin 357 

Gordon ... 369 

Gorssline 359 

Grange , 351 

Grass 344 

Grimmon 365 

Gunn, Alex 350 


Hadden, Chas. E 249 

Hagerman 431 

Halliwell .... 400 

Ham 939 

Harrison, John 382 

Harrison, William 384 

Harr y 439 

Hawley 386 

Hendricks 440 


Hicks 420 

Hogle 444 

Houlden 437 

Howe 398 

Ho well 391 

Hubbs 402 

Huff i . . 408 

Hughes 428 

Huyck, Andrew C 378 

" Lieut. John 375 


Jackson 452 

Jacques 458 

Jamieson 457 

Jeffers 460 

Jeffery 46 1 

Johnson 463 

Jones 447 





Ketchum . . 



. 467 

Killeen 465 

Kingsley 964 

Knight, 470 

Knox 472 


Labey 477 

Lake 487 

Lambert 495 

Lane 505 

Langmuir 478 

Lazier 978 

Leader 511 

Lear 492 

Leavens 479 

" Roswell .'. 486 

Lockwood 498 

Longwell 507 

Lott ... 491 

Love 501 

Lucas t . . 509 

Lyon ' 945 


McAuley 525 

McClellan . 517 

McCormick 954 


McDonald 519 

McDonnell 522 

McFaul 528 

McGrath 513 

McKee 536 

McKenty 516 

McKenzie 533 

McOuoid 538 


Madden 943 

Mallory 589 

Malone 515 

Marsh 585 

Martin 579 

Massey 549 

Maybee 550 

Merritt ". 59 r 

Meyers 20 

Mikel 554 

Miller, Andrew 540 

" Alexander 542 

Bros., Ltd 546 

John 544 

Mills 558 

Minaker 586 

Moon 552 

Moran 573 

Morden 561 

Morgan 576 

Morrison 514 

Mowat 950 

Munn 547 

Munshaw 557 

Musgrove ... 555 


Nesbitt 606. 

Nethery 6or 

Nickle 957 

>" T iles 594 

Noble 599 

Norman 603 

\oxon 76 




Ostrom, Paul . . . 







Palmer 64.2 

Parker 646 

Parliament 635 

Parry 648 

Pearsall 659 

Perry 663 

Pierson 655 

Pine 63 r 

Plews 671 

Ponton 668 

Potter ' 651 

Powers 666 

Prinyer 653 

Proctor 626 

Purdy 623 



Rankin 708 

Ralph 691 

Redner 712 

Reynolds, William 693 

" Daniel. . .' 694 

Ritchie 680 

Robinson 674 

" William 673 

Robison 677 

Roblin 697 

Rose, Baltis 683 

" Peter 69 

" Samuel 68 1 

Row 689 

Rowe, Benjamin 685 

William 687 

Ruttan 715 

Rathbun 960 


Saylor 785 

Scott 795 

Seward 725 

Shortt 753 

Shurie 726 

Sills 721 

Simmons 727 

" John N 731 

Simpson 73- 

Smii.h 757 

Solmes 7v)i 


Spafford, Smalley 766 

Solomon 763 

Spencer 771 

Sprague 777 

Sprung 760 

Stafford 767 

Stapleton 746 

Stephens, Alva 735 

Daniel 734 

Stevenson 750 

Stickle 737 

Story " 743 

Storms 774 

Striker 789 

S wetman 740 


Talcott 50 

Third 799 

Thompson 808 

Thorn 811 

Thrasher 802 

Tobey 805 

Treverton ' 80 1 

Trumpour 970 


Valleau 822 

Van Alstine 826 

Vance 818 

Vandevoort 834 

Vandewater 841 

VanDusen 57 

VanKleek 829 

VanVlack 831 

Vermilyea 816 

Vrooman 941 


Wadell 925 

Waldron 870 

Wallbridge 894 

Ward 926 

Waring 900 

Warner 921 

Way, Daniel 914 

" James 907 

" John , 912 

Webb 862 

Weeks 872 

Welbanks 884 

Werden 875 

White, Patrick S6o 

" Reuben 857 

" William 853 

Whittier 847 

Williams 901 

Wilson 869 

Windover 848 

Wood : 851 

Wright 888 


Young, George 987 

" George, M.A 986 

" Henry 990 

" Robert 995 

k ' Stephen. 41 


Zwick 1002 



When William Ketcheson, of Hoden, Yorkshire, England, 
bade his kindred farewell on the morning of his departure for the 
New World, in the rosy month of June, 1773, he little dreamed of 
what there was in store in the years of one short century ; nor of 
the part which he and his posterity would play in the great drama 
that was soon to create a great Republic and lay the foundation 
of another British nation in the virgin soil of the other half of 
North America. Born in 1759, he was a mere lad of fourteen 
when he left his native shores accompanied by his sister, Nancy 
and his uncle, Thomas Orders. They landed in the New World at 
Norfolk, Virginia. Three years later when in 1776 the disaffected 
Colonies declared their independence, young Ketcheson joined the 
British army, and was severely wounded in action. Three years 
later he was transferred from Emerick's Corps into the British 
Legion ; he went to South Carolina and through the Southern 
Provinces with Colonel Tarlton and Lord Cornwallis, and took 
part in the capture 'of Charleston. After the evacuation of New 
York by the British he went to Nova Scotia, where he remained 
three years. In 1786 he came with one of those heroic little 
bands of United Empire Loyalists who first planted the old flag in 
the virgin soil of what six years after became Upper Canada. 

It is said the three years in Nova Scotia were spent in fish- 
ing on a rock-bound coast at a place called Portoon, and that fire 
swept over the place and destroyed everything. His wife and 
children were put on board a boat and taken to New York, while 
he remained to settle up his business affairs. It is also said he 
came to Canada direct from Nova Scotia and for a time before 
going to New York for his family worked land on shares in the 
Third Township. The family was for about twelve years identi- 
fied with the Hay Bay settlement before finally settling in 1800 
in Sidney. The old loyalist was granted 600 acres of land 
in the fifth concession of Sidney in recognition of his 

William Ketcheson lost his father at the age of four ; his 
mother whose maiden name w.-s Sally Ayr, subsequently married 

Robert Ellis. In 1779 William married Mary, daughter of John 
Bull, a Loyalist, of New York City. She was born in Bedford, 
New York, 1761, and in her family were four brothers, Benjamin, 
John, James and Mangle ; and five sisters, Annas, Deborah, Phoebe, 
Gatrey and Orche. The issue of this marriage were eleven sons 
and daughters. In 1871 five of the family were living, the young- 
est son being then in his seventy-fifth year. On March 15th, 
1848, in his eighty-ninth year, William Ketcheson passed to his 
reward, having survived the wife who had proved so faithful a 
helpmate in their times of adversity, by about six years. He was 
a man of iron will and great executive ability. He possessed a 
strong constitution and was active and vigorous up to the day of 
his death. He was an expert horseman, and, within one week of 
his sudden demise was able to leap into the saddle from the 
ground with the agility of a much younger man. To show his 
remarkable daring in cases of emergency many anecdotes might 
be related, but two will suffice. One spring during a freshet he 
rode into Belleville, but before he returned, which was not until 
after dark, the bridge spanning the river had been washed away, 
leaving only one stringer, a log flattened on the upper side. 
Ketcheson crossed on this log. Further on his journey he called 
at a tavern, where a number of settlers who were present could 
not believe the feat he had just performed was possible ; but they 
verified the truthfulness of the story in the morning by discover- 
ing hoofprints on the log. On another occasion, a number of 
persons had met on the bridge, and while gossiping on neighbor- 
hood matters, saw Ketcheson coming in the distance. Supposing 
he had a jug of whisky with him they resolved to force a treat. 
Removing a number of planks from the bridge so that their 
would-be victim, who was driving a team hitched to an old fash- 
ioned long sleigh, might not be able to cross and elude them, they 
made their demand when he drew rein. Ketcheson was liberal, 
but he would not be played upon. Shouting " forward " to his 
spirited and well-handled team, they sprang across the wide chasm 
with the sleigh and left the jokers to repair the bridge for their 

The sons and daughters of this old Hay Bay pioneer who, by 
the way, assisted in erecting the first Methodist church in Upper 

Canada which was built at that place, are nearly all entitled to 
special notice as pioneers in the County of Hastings. Their des- 
cendants to-day are found all over the Bay Counties. The 
Ketchesons have displayed a spirit of affectionate attachment 
for the land which was their ancestor's adopted home, but is now 
their native country ; instead of longing for citizenship in alien 
lands, they have inherited a love for the flag he fought for, and 
an abiding satisfaction with the sufficiency of the land he chose. 
This love of home and native land has made the Ketchesons 
numerous in the Bay of Quinte district, and in the beginning of 
this twentieth Century we find the blood so interwoven into the 
social fabric of this section of our Province, that social bankruptcy 
would follow as a result of its extinction. With the exception of 
one son, who cannot be traced as having been in Canada, the 
Pioneer's family comprised : 

I. William Ketcheson, Colonel ; b. 1782 ; d. 1874 ; m. Nancy, dau. 

of John Eoblin ; set. Sidney. See the appended genealogy for 
this branch. 

II. Henry Ketcheson, b. 1785; d. 1806; m. Sally Sines. No issue. 

III. John Ketcheson, b. 1788; m. Lutitia Caverly ; set. Sidney. 
Issue: (1) Peter Ketcheson, m. Maria Murray; set. Sidney. 
Issue : (a) and (6) Melissa and Emmeline Ketcheson, died 
young; and (c) John E. Ketcheson, m. Hester A. Lloyd. 
Issue : Peter W., Cedric M. and John T. 

IV. Thomas Ketcheson, b. 1791 ; d. 1876 ; m. Amanda Bloford ; 
set. Sidney. See the appended genealogy for this branch. 

V. Benjamin Ketcheson, b. 1793; d. 1848; m. 1st, Elizabeth 
Frederick, 2nd, Mary Kooms and 3rd, Phoebe Zwick. See 
the appended genealogy for this branch. 

VI. Elijah Ketcheson, Colonel ; b. 1795 ; m. 1819, Minerva, dau. 
Daniel Ostrom ; set. Sidney. See the appended genealogy 
for this branch. 

VII. James Ketcheson, b. 1798 ; d. 1882; m. Prudence Demorest; 
set. Huntingdon. See the appended genealogy for this 

VIII. Sarah Ketcheson, b. 1800; m. Thomas Caton ; set. near 
Kingston. Issue: (1) William, (2) Thomas, (3) Maria, (4) 
Harriet, (5) Phoebe and (6) Martha, 


IX. Deborah Ketcheson, b. 1804; m. 1820 Salyer Reid; set. 
Thurlow. Issue: (1) Ketcheson, (2) Benjamin, (3) Alanson, 
(4) Phoebe, (m. Thomas Earle ; set. Belleville)^ and (5) 
Elizabeth (m. William Bigg ; set. Belleville). 

X. Phoebe Ketcheson, b. 1807 ; m. 1826, Ora VanTassel ; set. 
Sidney. Issue : 

(1) William VanTassel, m. M. A. McMullen ; set. Sidney. 

(2) Salyer VanTassel, m. 1st, Susan Denike and 2nd, 
Kitty Denike ; set. Huntingdon. No issue. 

(3) Isaac VanTassel, m. Sarah M. Morgan ; set. Manitoba. 

(4) John R. VanTassel, m. Nellie Ferbes ; set. Parry Sound. 

(5) Mary VanTassel, m. Richard Newton ; set. Oxford Co. 

(6) Sarah VanTassel, m. Philip Clapp ; set. Belleville. 
Issue : (a) William B., (b) George A., (c) Charles S., (d) 
Elizabeth, (e) Dora M., (/) Edith A. and (g) Sarah M. 

(7) Lutitia VanTassel, m. Peter Bogart ; set. Rawdon. 

(8) Melissa VanTassel, m. Rev. H. Jackson, missionary in 
India. Issue: (a) Elizabeth. 

The sons and daughters of the Pioneer given in the above 
statement must themselves, like their father, be regarded as pio- 
neers, for William and Henry, were born before the family 
moved from Nova Scotia to Upper Canada. The genealogy 
of Colonel William's branch of the family reveals two facts which 
are unprecedented : first, there were fifteen children and all grew 
up, married and raised families; and second, the parents lived 
together as husband and wife for seventy-two years on the very 
spot where they settled in 1800. Colonel William Ketcheson had 
his pioneer home several miles back from the Front, and in the 
early days he came down every Saturday through the woods for 
supplies, returning with such quantities of flour, pork and other 
provisions upon his back as would be enough to break the heart 
of any great-grand-son of to-day. Later, he constructed a scow 
and came down the Moira River. The scow was kept on the 
river near the present village of Foxboro. 

His daughter Gatrey is the subject of a well known incident 
that happened when she was a child five years old. The family 
was living in the fifth concession of Sidney, and the child was 
sent on an errand to the house of a neighbor, Duncan Irvine, some 

miles distant. The forest intervened, and when darkness approached 
and she had not returned, the parents became alarmed. As it was 
evident that Gatrey had wandered from the trail and was lost, the 
two families instituted a search. Several Indian scouts and hunt- 
ers were engaged, and for miles around the woods were searched; 
but the night was dark, and, to add to the difficulty, a storm of 
rain and hail set in. On Monday every settler and brave in the 
neighborhood turned out to assist ; on Tuesday, the searchers had 
increased to three hundred. They shouted, fired guns, and looked 
into every hole and brush heap ; caves of bears and other wild 
animals were examined. On Friday, Indian runners were sent up 
and down the Bay to call for help to find the body, as it was sup- 
posed by them that the child must be dead. The force increased 
to five hundred. They organized into squads and scoured the 
forest in every direction, but their efforts were unavailing until, 
just as they were about to abandon the search, the child was found, 
alive. The joyful news was proclaimed by shouts that made the 
forest ring with the glad acclaim. Gatrey had wandered eight 
days in the forest, and had subsisted on wintergreens. The nights 
were cold and she was barefooted and thinly clad. One night an 
animal of some kind lay upon her cold feet, and, lest it might kill 
her, she was afraid to stir. Just before she was found, she had 
lain down to die, having previously repeated a verse she had 
learned of her prayers. She was reduced to a skeleton, and it 
was some time before she fully recovered from the terrible experi- 
ence. For months she shrank with terror at the approach 
of darkness ; but in time the baneful effects of her eight day's 
exposure to October weather in a Canadian forest passed away, 
and she grew into strong and vigorous womanhood. 

Official documents state that William Ketcheson, the pioneer 
of the family in Canada, " served His Majesty during the whole of 
the Revolutionary war." When the War of 1812 broke out, 
William, the eldest of the family, went to his brother Thomas who 
was cutting underbrush on lot fifteen in the fifth concession, of 
Sidney, and told him to drop the bushhook and get his musket. 
Four of the brothers went to Kingston and served during; the War. 

O O 

Elijah, the youngest, although only seventeen years old was pro- 


moted to sergeant's rank. The family still retains an old pass 
which reads ; 

" Permit the bearer, Sergt. Ketcheson, to pass on his way to 
the County of Hastings, he being in pursuit of a deserter. Kings- 
ton, 20th November, 1813. (Signed) J. McNabb, Capt., Hastings 

Sergt. Elijah Ketcheson found further promotion, for another 
document reads : 

"These are to certify that Ensign Ketcheson of the First 
Regiment, Hastings Militia, is the son of William Ketcheson, who 
served His Majesty during the whole of the Revolutionary War; 
and that the said Elijah Ketcheson served during the whole of 
the late American War, at Kingston." This certificate is dated at 
Kingston, on the llth May, 1817, and is signed by John Ferguson 
Commanding First Regiment, Hastings Militia. When the Fourth 
Regiment of Hastings Militia was organized in 1838, Ensign 
Elijah Ketcheson was promoted to a Captaincy, and ten years 
later was appointed Lieut.-Colonel in command of the Second 
Battalion. At the beginning of the War of 1812, Thomas and 
Benjamin Ketcheson were enrolled as Sergeants in the 1st 
Hastings Flank Company. While William and Thomas were 
Captains in 1830 in the Hastings Regiment, their brothers Elijah 
and James were Lieutenants. William Ketcheson, in 1838, was 
promoted to the Colonelcy of the Fourth Hastings Militia. His 
son, George M. Ketcheson, subsequently commanded a company in 
the old regiment ; and now his grandson, William Gilbert Ketche- 
son, is Captain of No. 3 Company of the Hastings Rifles. Other 
sons of the old Colonel, Owen R., Philip, Henry and George M., 
also held commissions, and served in the Rebellion of 1837-8. 
Besides, there is also in the same Regiment a grandson of Lieut.- 
Colonel Elijah Ketcheson, Captain William H. Ketcheson, who 
commands No. 5 Company; Charles Ketcheson, a son of Thomas, 
at one time also held a Captaincy in the Hastings Militia. 

One of the most hospitable homes in Sydney is the substantial 
house of George M. Ketcheson, who is a son of Colonel William 
Ketcheson, and grandson of the older pioneer. It is a home that 
everywhere bears evidences of comfort and plenty, and where the 
host and hostess entertain in the old fashioned hospitable way 

While its owner received 300 acres from his father, he has 
increased his holdings, until now he possesses 560 acres. George 
M. Ketcheson, like his father, is a good Methodist and a staunch 
Conservative. His family are detailed in the appended genealogy: 
Thomas, the oldest, is one of the leading men in Sidney ; he is 
President of the Township of Sidney Conservative Association, 
Vice-President of the West Hastings Liberal Conservative Associa- 
tion for Dominion purposes, President of the Sidney Town Hall 
Cheese and Butter Co., and Vice-President of the Belleville Cheese 
Board. He is an enthusiastic sportsman, a crack shot and an 
expert fisherman. Although only eighteen years of age, his son 
Howard is a Sergeant in the Hastings Rifles. Captain William G. 
Ketcheson, namesake of his father, attended the Royal Canadian 
Infantry School, Toronto and is very popular in military circles. 
An enthusiast in all matters military, he joined the militia in 1886, 
got his commission the following year, and has lately received his 
company. His brother Daniel is a man of attractive personality, 
who is justly popular. He pursued a commercial course at the 
Ontario Business College, Belleville, and has since travelled exten- 
sively. Bleeker Ketcheson, the youngest son in this family, is a 
typical young Canadian farmer, intelligent, energetic and ambitious. 

Another good representative of this historic family is James 
Ketcheson, son of Thomas and grandson of the old pioneer William. 
He owns and farms one hundred acres and maintains the traditional 
Conservatism and Methodism. Another grandson of the old pioneer 
is Charles Ketcheson, a son of James. His father was one of the 
first settlers in the Township of Huntingdon. His wife and he 
have lived together under four British monarchs : George IV., 
William IV., Victoria and Edward VII. He was considered a 
leading citizen in Huntingdon, and for over fifteen years was a 
class-leader and led the choir in Moira Church. He now owns 200 
acres in the fourth concession of Sidney, to which he removed some 
years ago. His son Duncan a^id he now operate this large farm in 

The late Allen T. Ketcheson, the eldest son of Lieut. -Colonel 
Elijah Ketcheson, was an adherent of the Church of England. He 
was a well educated man, who taught school for seventeen years. 
He was an omnivorous reader and Bible student ; a Liberal in 


politics and a member of the Sidney Council. He lived in the old 
home built by his grandfather, the pioneer of the family. The old 
house, surrounded by the gigantic elms set out by the pioneer 
Loyalist a century ago, still stands in a good state of repair, and is 
one of the oldest houses in the County of Hastings. It is now 
owned and occupied by George A. Ketcheson, a great-grandson of 
its builder. He makes a specialty on the old farm, which at 
present consists of one hundred and fifty acres, of raising trotting 
horses and prize winning Ayrshires, besides being a fruit grower of 
some extent. His brother and the eldest son of the family, William 
A. Ketcheson, owns and farms 200 acres, which were once part of 
the Lieut. -Colonel Elijah Ketcheson place. He takes a leading 
part in public affairs. At one time President of the West Hastings 
Agricultural Society, he is still a Director. He has been School 
Trustee for a number of years, and is a member of the I.O.F. and 
A.O.U.W. Besides his large farm in Sidney he owns the W. A. 
Ketcheson block in Frankford. 

James S. Ketcheson, who was born in 1830, is a son of Elijah 
Ketcheson, and in 1856 married a grand-daughter of the pioneer 
Michael H. Grass. His sons manage his large farm on the Sidney 
Front. The family, like their forefathers, are Conservatives ; but 
while the younger members attend the Methodist Church, the 
parents are adherents of the Church of England. 

There is another Ketcheson to be numbered among the pio- 
neers of Huntingdon. The late Owen R. Ketcheson, who was a 
son of Colonel William, settled in that back township in 1830. He 
was a Magistrate there for fifty years and a road surveyor for 
forty. Out of his prosperity he bequeathed one hundred acres to 
each of his sons, and gave his daughters due money considerations. 
Owing to the backward and primitive state of life in the early 
days of Huntingdon's settlement, Owen R. Ketcheson joined with 
his neighbors and employed a teacher who taught school for nine 
months in their waggon-house and two winters in their house. 
Elias Ketcheson, son of Owen R., attended school two weeks only 
after he reached ten years of age. His ambition and good mind 
made him educate himself. The result is that he is a well posted 
man in business matters and current topics. He served as his 
father's bailiff for nine years. He is now a leading citizen, farm- 

ing 200 acres on the fifth concession of Sidney, where he moved 
many years ago. He has been a School Trustee for sixteen, and 
Secretary and Treasurer for twelve years. For many years he has 
performed the onerous duties of Treasurer of the Presbyterian 
Church. He is a director of the West Hastings Agricultural 
Society, a good Templar and a Conservative. Most of the mem- 
bers of his family settled in the North West, but his second son, 
Clement H. Ketcheson, resides on the old home. He is an up-to- 
date farmer who graduated at the Belleville Business College, and 
is one of the rising young men of Sidney. 

Two successful, scientific Sidney farmers who each raise as 
much crop per acre as any other man in the county are Manchester 
and Selden T. Ketcheson, sons of John Vandewater Ketcheson and 
great-grand-sons of the pioneer loyalist, William. Born and edu- 
cated in Thurlow, they are both married and are respected as good 
citizens. Manchester Ketcheson, the elder of the two, belongs to 
the Methodist Church, to which he contributes liberally, not alone 
to its moral, but also too its financial needs. He is a Bible class 
teacher who takes charge in the absence of the Sunday School 
Superintendent. A man of good executive ability, he farms his 
one hundred and fifty acres in a model manner. He is a Liberal 
who as a citizen ranks among the best in the county. The 
younger brother, Selden T. Ketcheson, has been for many years 
trustee of the old White's Methodist Church. His wife, before her 
marriage was organist in the church at Ernesttown, and since her 
marriage she has acted in the same capacity in her husband's 
church. On the two hundred and fifteen acres he owns in the 
second concession he always has on hand ten to a dozen Clydes- 
dale horses ready for the buyer. As a Liberal, he takes much 
interest in politics. He is a member of Lodge 81, I. 0. 0. F., 

Henry Freeman Ketcheson, a great-grand-son of Colonel 
William Ketcheson, enterprisingly manages the Belleville district 
business of the North American Life Insurance Company, as well 
as represents a number of Fire Insurance Companies. The first 
fifteen years of his career were spent in the postal department of 
the Civil Service. Conservative in politics, he is at present an 
alderman and chairman of the Railways and Parks Committee of 


the City Council. He and 'his family are members of the Bridge 
Street Methodist Church. A keen sportsman, he has gone back 
North on a hunting expedition varying in length of time from two 
to six weeks annually for the last twenty years. 

Descended from the pioneer and the grandson of Colonel 
Elijah Ketcheson, is Thomas. E. Ketcheson, one of the leading 
merchants of the city of Belleville. He was the third son and 
child of Allen T. and Mary Ketcheson, and was born upon the farm, 
cleared and settled by his great-grandfather, perhaps the oldest 
farm in the Bay of Quinte region. 

His public school education was supplemented by a course at 
the High School at Deseronto. Subsequently he taught school, 
and about 1890 came to Belleville, engaging in the mercantile 
business with John W. Dunnett. In 1898, the business was taken 
over by the present firm of Laidlaw and Ketcheson, consisting of 
John A. Laidlaw and Thomas E. Ketcheson. The firm owns and 
successfully operates one of the largest dry goods and carpet houses 
between Montreal and Toronto. 

Mr. Ketcheson although devoted to his business takes a keen 
interest in political matters and has rendered valuable services to 
the Liberal party as a member of the Liberal Association. He 
married Delia Hampton and they have five children Percy, 
Marion, Allen, Thera and Clarence. Mr. Ketcheson belongs to the 
Masonic Order and also to the Church of England. 

Samuel H. Ketcheson, son of Wiat Ketcheson and great-grand- 
son of Colonel William Ketcheson, was born at Moira, December 
18th, 1862. Since 1889 he has resided at Thomasburgh, where he 
owns some eighteen hundred acres of land. He is a successful 
stockman and one of the wealthiest men in Hastings County. He 
is a Liberal in politics and belongs to the Methodist Church, and 
is a member of the I. O. O. F. 

The Ketchesons are not only well born, but as a rule they 
married well and there is hardly a family of note in the Bay of 
Quinte region that is not connected by marriage with this vigorous 
pioneer stock. Amey Ann, daughter of Philip and granddaughter 
of Colonel William Ketcheson, married John Newton on the 14th 
of March, 1849. He was the son of Rev. Richard Newton, who 
was born in the County of Durham, England, in 1772. He was 


for many years the pastor of an Independent Church in Ireland, 
and thus met and married Elizabeth, daughter of John and Jane 
Anderson. She was a native of Sligo County, Sligo, Ireland, and 
the family record hereafter referred to shows that her parents were 
married on the 24th day of May, 1763. She was married to Rev. 
Richard Newton, November llth, 1801, and bore him eleven 
children. Of these three sons and six daughters, to wit, Jane, 
Sarah, Elizabeth, Ann, John, Mary, Thomas, Margaret and Richard, 
after her death accompanied their father to Canada in 1831. The 
family settled in the County of Hastings, Rev. Richard Newton 
purchasing Lot 20, Third Concession of Huntingdon, where he 
resided until his death, which occured on the 8th day of March, 

His son, John Newton, settled upon Lot 5, Concession 8, 
township of Hungerford. He was born April 8th, 1811, and on 
March 14, 1849, married Amy Ann, daughter of Philip Ketcheson. 
He was evidently a man of no little cultivation, and his descend- 
ants preserve with pardonable pride the family record written by 
him in a clear clerkly hand at the age of seventy -two. His wife 
died November l*7th, 1870; he survived her more than twenty 
years, departing this life September 25th, 1892. 

Their son, Philip Ketcheson Newton, is a prosperous druggist 
and stationer in the town of Tweed. As a youth he attended the 
public schools of Hungerford, supplemented by a commercial course 
at Belleville. He next served an apprenticeship with James Clark 
and Company, Druggists at Belleville. He continued his educa- 
tion at the College of Pharmacy at Toronto, graduating in Febru- 
ary, 1880. He spent some three years in Manitoba, and then 
settled at Tweed, which became his permanent home. Here he 
resides with his wife and family in one of the handsomest homes 
in the town, and his business has more than kept pace with the 
growing prosperity of Tweed. 

He has served for fifteen years as a magistrate ; also for years 
as an issuer of marriage licenses. He served for five years upon 
the school board, including the period during which the present 
handsome school building was in course of erection. Mr. Newton 
is an active member of the Liberal party, and one of the Vice 
Presidents of the Liberal organization for Hastings East. He 


belongs to the Methodist Church ; is a member of the Board and 
has been record steward of the circuit for fifteen years last past. 



I. Mary Ketcheson, b. 1801 ; m. Duncan Irvine ; set. Sidney. 

Issue : (1) Jane A,, (2) Harriet and (3) Louisa. 

II. Philip Ketcheson, b. 1803 ; m. 1st, Mary Wiat, 2nd, Jane Wiat 
and 3rd, Harriet Baker ; set. Huntingdon. Issue : by 1st, 
(1) Wiat, (2) Samuel, (3) Amy A., (4) Elizabeth, (5) 
Minerva and (6) Fanny. 

III. Henry Ketcheson, b. 1805 ; m. Catherine Vandewater ; set. 
Thurlow. Issue: (1) John V., (2) William H., (3) Sarah 
A. and (4) Elizabeth. 

IV. Elizabeth Ketcheson, b. 1807; m. Matthew Fraser; set. Madoc. 
Issue: (1) David, (2) Duncan, (3) John, (4) Daniel and 
(5) Ella. 

V. Owen R. Ketcheson, b. 1809; d. 1891; m, Jane Jones; set. 
Huntingdon. Issue: (1) Gilbert, (2) Elias, (3) William A., 

(4) Gilbert I., (5) Thomas H., (6) Nancy, (7) Mary J., (8) 
Henrietta, (9) Annas, (10) Martha, (11) Catherine and 
(12) Phoebe. 

VI. Annas Ketcheson, b 1811; m. David Reid; set. Thurlow. 
Issue: (1) Alman, (2) Owen, (3) John, (4) Lucian, (5) 
Matilda, 6 Susan, (7) Martha, (8) Gatrey and (9) Nancy. 

VII. Gatrey Ketcheson, b. 1814; m. 1st William Hagerman and 
2nd, R. Grass ; set. Sidney. Issue: by 1st (1) William W. 
and (2) John. 

VIII. Daniel Ketcheson, b. 1816; m. Almira Acker; set. Madoc. 
Issue: (1) George, (2) Hugh, (3) Allen. (4) Nancy and 

(5) Elsie. 

IX. John R. Ketcheson, b. 1818; m. 1st, Sarah Caton, 2nd, Miss 
Young and 3rd, Mrs. Connolly; set. Madoc. Issue: (1) 
Charles, (2) Miles, (3) John, (4) Daniel, (5) Sarah, (6) 
Minnie, (7) Martha, (8) Charity and (9) Emma. 


X. Matilda Ketcheson, b. 1820; m. Benjamin Hagerman ; set. 

Rawdon. Issue: (1) Nancy, (2) George, (3) John, (4) 

Martha, (5) William, and (6) Henry. 
XL Elias Clapp Ketcheson. 

XII. David Ketcheson, b. 1824; m. Jane Spencer; set. Sidney. 
Issue: (1) William D., (2) Edmund M., (3) Ashael McC., 
(4) Amaritta A., (5) Gatrey M., and (6) Richard H. 

XIII. George M. Ketcheson, b. 1825; m. 1853, Jane A. Bleeker ; 
set. Sidney. Issue : (1) Thomas, (2) Charles, (3) William 
G., (4) Daniel, (5) Harry, (6) Bleeker, and (7) Emma. 

XIV. Lucian Ketcheson, b. 1827 ; m. Martha Caton ; set. Sidney. 
Issue: (1) Sabra. 

XV. Martha A. Ketcheson, b. 1831 ; m. Nelson Brown, a Wesleyan 
Methodist minister. Issue: (1) George, (2) William, and 
(3) Annie. 

See I. The Mary Ketcheson Branch. 

(1) Jane A. Irvine, m. James Simmons; set. Foxboro. 

(2) Harriet Irvine, m. Baltis Rose ; set. Sidney. 

(3) Louisa Irvine, m. Bradley Mallory ; set. Sidney. 

See II. The Philip Ketcheson Branch : 

(1) Wiat Ketcheson, m. Margaret Hicks; set. Thurlow. 

Issue : (a) Philip D., m. Hannah Mary Holgate ; set. 
Tweed. Issue : Charles, Edna and William, and (6) 
Samuel H., m. Emma, dau. of Thomas Clare ; set Thomas- 
burg. Issue : Lonison, Helen, George and Harvey. 

(2) Samuel Ketcheson, m. Phoebe McTaggart; set. Huntingdon. 

(3) Amy Ann Ketcheson, m. John Newton ; set. Hungerford. 

Issue : (a) Richard, d. unm., (6) Eliza Ann, m. Francis 
W. Maines. Issue : Charlotte, John K., William M., 
Henry, Francis R. and Frederick, (c) Mary Jane, d. y., 
(d) Margaret, m. 1st, Joseph E. Foster, and 2nd, David 
Beatty ; set. Tweed. Issue : by 1st, John H., m. Victoria 
Wright ; set. Hungerford. Issue : Edwin H. and Harold 
B ; Arny A., m. William Elliott ; set. Hungerford. Issue : 
Edna ; Alfred, m. Ethel Loveless ; set. Thurlow ; Jennie, 


in. Murray Badgely ; set. Hungerford ; and by 2nd, John, 
Thomas and Elizabeth Beatty, (e) Philip Ketcheson, b. 
November, 1857, m. Hettie, dau. of Lyman Lee ; set Tweed. 
Issue : John Franklin, Amy Amelia and Marion Hettie, 
(/) Thomas A., m. Meille VanDusen ; set. Hungerford. 
Issue : Blanche and Essa, (g) Jemima, m. Albert J. Clare ; 
set. Manitoba. Issue : Harvey N., (h) Sarah, m. Thomas 
Way ; set. Hungerford, (i) John L., m. Florence Brown 5 
set Hungerford, and ( j ) William W. d. y. 
See III. The Henry Ketcheson Branch : 

(1) John V. Ketcheson, m. Almira Casey; set. Thurlow. 

Issue: (a) Sarah E., (b) Williet C., (c) Manchester, b. 
1863 ; m. Olive J. Westfall ; set. Thurlow. Issue : 
Florence L., Casey V. and Mabel A., (d) Selden T., b. 
1866; m. Helen Denyes; set. Sidney. Issue: Ausbert 
R. (e) John F., (/) Clara B. and (g) Mabel. 

(2) William H. Ketcheson, m. Martha N. Snider ; set. finally 

Thurlow. Issue : (a) Henry Freeman Ketcheson, m. Mary 
Elizabeth Scantlebury ; set. Belleville. Issue : Dora R., Ethel, 
Nettie, William H. F., David V., George E., Bessie, Ada 
and James S., (6) Ida Ketcheson, m. Oliver Mather ; set. 
Thurlow ; (c) George H. Ketcheson, m. and set. Thurlow ; 

(d) Sarah Ketcheson, m. Frank Garrison ; set. Thurlow ; 

(e) Frederick G. Ketcheson, unm. ; set. Belleville. 

(3) Sarah A. Ketcheson. 

(4) Elizabeth Ketcheson. 

See V. The Owen R. Ketcheson Branch : 

(1) Gilbert Ketcheson. 

(2) Elias Ketcheson, b. 1838 ; m. Mary Hodson ; set. Sidney. 

Issue : (a) Charles W., m. Sarah E. Smith ; set. N.W.T., 
(b) Clement H., m. Rosanna Longwell ; set. Sidney. 
Issue : Mary F. and (c) Annie E., m. Edwin W. Titus ; 
set. N.W.T. 

(3) William A. Ketcheson, (4) Gilbert I. Ketcheson, (5) Thomas 

H. Ketcheson, (6), Nancy Ketcheson, (7) Mary J. Ketche- 
son, (8) Henrietta Ketcheson, (9) Annas Ketcheson, (10) 
Martha Ketcheson, (11) Catherine Ketcheson, and (12) 
Pheobe Ketcheson. 


See IX. The John R. Ketcheson Branch : 

(1) Charles Ketcheson, in. and set. Toronto. 

(2) Miles Ketcheson, d. unm. 

(3) John Ketcheson, set. Madoc. 

(4) Daniel Ketcheson, set. Madoc. 

(5) Sarah Ketcheson, m. Michael Sarles ; set. Frankford. 

(6) Minnie Ketcheson, m. Benson OTIara, merchant of Madoc. 

(7) Martha Ketcheson, m. Robert Young. 

(8) Charity Ketcheson, m. W. Bristol. 

(9) Emma Ketcheson, unm. 

See XII. The David Ketcheson Branch : 

(1) William D. Ketcheson, m. Cynthia Scott ; set. Sidney. 

(2) Edwin M. Ketcheson, m. Hettie Faulkner ; set. Sidney. 

(3) Ashel McCoy Ketcheson, m. Eleanor Adelaide Wright ; 

set Belleville. No issue. 

(4) Amarilla A. Ketcheson, m. William Hazelton ; set Sidney. 

No issue. 

(5) Gatrey M. Ketcheson, m. William Gilbert ; set. Belleville. 

(6) Richard H. Ketcheson, m. Minnie B. Thompson ; set. 


See XIII. The George M. Ketcheson Branch : 

(1) Thomas Ketcheson, b. 1856 ; m. Minnie Glass. Issue : 

(a) Howard and (6) Arthur, d. y. 

(2) Charles Ketcheson, m. Elizabeth Whitely. Issue : 

(a) Laura. 

(3) William G. Ketcheson, b. 1862; m. Elizabeth Griffin. 

Issue : (a) Milton, (b) Hattie and (c) Lawrence. 

(4) Daniel Ketcheson, m. Eliza Ward. Issue : (a) Marjorie 

and (6) Harry. 

(5) Harry Ketcheson, d. unm., aged 21 years. 

(6) Bleeker Ketcheson, m. Nancy Sarles. Issue : (a) George M. 

(7) Emma Ketcheson, m. Charles Rose. 



I. Gilbert Ketcheson, m. Sarah A. Ostrom ; set. Seymour. Issue : 

(I) Gilbert, (2) Herbert, (3) William, (4) James, (5) Robert, 
(6) John, (7) Amanda, (8) Emma, (9) Mary and (10) Gertrude. 

II. William R. Ketcheson, m. Artemisia Williams ; set. Thurlow. 
Issue: (1) William, (2) John, (3) Amanda, (4) Adelia, (5) 
Anna, (6) Emma, (7) Hetty and (8) Ida. 

III. Thomas E. Ketcheson, m. Margaret Buchan ; set. Sidney ; 
no issue. 

IV. John C. Ketcheson, m. Clara Ketcheson; set. Kansas; no 

V. James Ketcheson, m. Matilda Rose ; set. Sidney. Issue : (1) 
Thomas, (2) Melissa and (3) Annie. 

VI. Robinson Ketcheson, d. aged 30 years. 

VII. Catherine Ketcheson, m. David Fralick; set. Napanee. 
Issue : (1) Frank, (2) Amanda, (3) Samantha, and (4) Almira. 

VIII. Amy Ketcheson, m. George Rose ; set. Madoc. Issue : (1) 
Thomas G., (2) Samuel M., (3) James, (4) John S., (5) William, 
(6) Susan, (7) Mary, (8) Sarah A., (9) Samantha, (10) Phoebe, 

(II) Margaret. 

IX. Susan A. Ketcheson, m. Alexander Bowen ; set. Deseronto. 
Issue: (1) Robert, (2) Gilbert, (3) Edward, (4) Amanda and 
(5) Martha. 

X. Mary A. Ketcheson, m. Allen T. Ketcheson ; set. Sidney. See 
the Elijah Ketcheson Family. 

XI. Phoebe Ketcheson, m. Thomas Gamble ; set. Frankford. 
Issue : (1) Robert, (2) Thomas, (3) Frank, (4) Dolly, (5) Ella 
and (6) Maria. 

See V. The James Ketcheson Branch : 

(1) Thomas Ketcheson, m. Rachel A. Speer; set. Sidney. 

Issue ; (a) Edna, (6) Everett and (c) Alma. 

(2) Melissa Ketcheson, m. Maitland Sines; set. Sidney. Issue : 

(a) Eva M., (6) Grace E. and (c) Gerald V. 

(3) Annie Ketcheson, d. young. 




I. Joseph Ketcheson, m. Maria McDonald ; set. Frankf ord. Issue : 

(1) Sally A. Ketcheson, m. James D. Sharp; set. Oswego. 
Issue: (a) Nellie and (6) Sally. 

(2) James E. Ketcheson, m. Sophia Green ; set. Belleville. 
Issue : (a) Lee A. 

(3) Melvina C. Ketcheson, m. John Chapman; set. Frankford. 

Issue : (a) John F., (6) Earl R. and (c) Arthur M. 

(4) Sarah M. Ketcheson, m. twice and set. Oswego, N. Y. 

(5) Dale Ketcheson, m. Amanda Graham ; set. Frankford ; no 


II. William R. Ketcheson, d. in childhood. 

III. Alfred Ketcheson, m. Phoebe Waterbury ; set. Sidney. Issue : 
(1) William, (2) Henry, (3) Irvine, (4) George, (5) Alfred, 

(6) Eliza A. and (7) Maria. 

IV. Alvin Ketcheson, m. Matilda Reddick ; set. Northumberland. 
Issue ; (1) Reuben, (2) Benjamin and (3) Helen C. 

V. Benjamin Ketcheson, m. Annie Martin ; set. Oswego. Issue : 
(1) Benjamin and (2) Annie. 

VI. Phoebe Ketcheson. 

VII. Melissa Ketcheson, m. Henry Lyon; set. Belleville. Issue : 

(1) William H. Lyon, m. Augusta Smith. No issue. 

(2) Charles Lyon, d. young. 

(3) Mary Lyon, m. William Johnson ; set. Belleville. Issue : 

(a) William H., m. Alma Barber ; set. Boston. (Issue : 
Ellen), (6) Mary M., deceased, (c) James S. L., m. Mabel 
Martin ; set. Boston, (d) Minnie L., m. Rev. S. H. Howard : 
set. Cordova Mines. (Issue : Edwin J.), (e) Arthur L., 
unm.; set. Boston, and (/) Lilly B. L., unm.; set. Belleville. 

(4) Anna M. Lyon, (5) Eliza L. Lyon arid (6) Ida J. Lyon. 


VIII. Anna Ketcheson, m. Duncan Martin ; set. New York. No 



I. Allen T. Ketcheson, b. 1820 ; d. 1903 ; m. Mary A. Ketcheson ; 

set. Sidney. Issue : (1) William A., (2) George A., (3) Thomas 
E. and (4) Helen M. 

II. Daniel 0. Ketcheson, m. 1st, Sarah A. Sculthorpe and 2nd, 
Clara Bleasdell ; set. U.S. Issue : (1) John and (2) Elijah. 

III. James S. Ketcheson, m. Esther J. Grass ; set. Sidney. Issue : 
(1) Eva, (2) Emma, (3) Minnie, (4) James H. and (5) Harry L. 

IV. William H. Ketcheson, m. Hester Durdick ; set. Sidney. 
Issue : (1) William, (2) James, (3) Frank, (4) Elizabeth, (5) 
Daisy, (6) Clara, (7) Mary, (8) Rose and (9) Edith. 

V. Elijah C. Ketcheson. m. Samantha Redner; set. Sidney and 
finally Washington. Issue: (1) Hedley, (2) Elijah, (3) 
Horace, (4) Dolly, (5) Louise, (6) Laura and (7) Agnes. 

VI. Maria Ketcheson, m. Jacob Jones; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 
William, (2) Anna, (3) Sarah, (4) Dolly and (5) Emma. 

VII. Caroline Ketcheson, m. James Ross ; set. Belleville. Issue : 
(1) William. (2) Walter, (3) James, (4) Augusta A., (5) Lilly, 
(6) Alicia, (T) Phoebe, (8) Annie and (9) Sarah. 

VIII. Alicia F. R. Ketcheson, m. Horace Yeomans ; set. Belleville. 
Issue : (1) H. Augustus, (2) Louis C., (3) Charlotte, (4) Clara 
E., (5) Elizabeth and (6) Mary. 

IX. Martha M. Ketcheson, d. unm. 

See I : Allen T. Ketcheson Branch: 

(1) William A. Ketcheson. m. Harriet Bell ; set. Sidney. 
Issue: (a) Edie, (b) Addie, (c) Walter G., and(d) Edward. 

(2) George A. Ketcheson, m. Minnie Reddick ; set. Sidney. 

Issue : (a) Gordon. 

(3) Thomas E. Ketcheson, m. Delia Hampton ; set. Belleville. 

Issue : (a) Percy, (b) Marion, (c) Allen, (d) Thera and (e) 

(4) Helen M. Ketcheson, m. John Grass; set. Sidney. Issue: 
(a) Walter, (6) Carrie, (c) Lottie and (d) Annie, 


See III : James S. Ketcheson Branch : 

(1) Eva Ketcheson, m. Samuel Bassett; set. Toronto. Issue: 

(a) Maud, (6) Olive, (c) Jennie, (d) Edith, (e) Elsie and 
(/) Agnes. 

(2) Emma Ketcheson, m. James McMasters; set. New York 

City. Issue : (a) Ernest, (b) May, (c) Ketcheson, (d) 
Esther, (e) Edgar and (/) Ralph. 

(3) Minnie Ketcheson, m. Levi Livermore ; set. Watertown. 

N. Y. Issue : (a) Vaughan and (6) Blanche. 

(4) James H. Ketcheson, m. Clara Rose ; set. Rodney ; no 


(5) Harry L. Ketcheson, m. Ida Denike ; set. Sidney. Issue : 

a Edith. 



I. Aaron Ketcheson, in. 1st, Charlotte Huntley, and 2nd, Louise 

Alcombrack ; set. Rawdon. Issue : By 1st, (1) William and 
(2) Phoebe; and by 2nd, (3) Franklin, (4) Charlotte and 
(5) Theresa. 

II. Charles Ketcheson, b. 1823 ; m. Leniva Wood ; b. 1820 ; set. 
Huntingdon. Issue : (1) Louisa, (2) Edwin I., (3) Jennie, 
(4) Duncan W., (5), James A., and (6), Frank. 

III. Amos Ketcheson, m. Sarah A. Hoover ; set. finally Michigan. 
Issue: (1) Henry, (2), Albert, (3), John, (4), Gilbert, (5), 
Eliza, and (6), Jennie. 

IV. Nicholas Ketcheson, m. 1st, Rachel Calvert, and 2nd, Sarah 
Howe. Issue : By 1st, (1), Byron, (2), Elijah,(3), William, 
(4), Russell, (5), Melissa, and (6), Mattie. 

V. Elijah Ketcheson, m. Martha Ketcheson ; set. Huntingdon. 
Issue : (1), Edwin, (2), Benjamin, (3), Ann, (4), Annas, (5), 
Blanche, and (6), Dency. 

VI. John Ketcheson, m. Catharine Badgley ; set. Kent Co 
Issue : (1), Blanche, and (2), Ozora. 


VII. Peter Ketcheson, m. Mary Clapp ; set. Prince Edward Co. 
Issue : (1), James. 

VIII. William Ketcheson, d. young. 

IX. Phoebe Ketcheson. 


See II. The Charles Ketcheson Branch : 

(1) Louisa Ketcheson, m. Benjamin Henry ; set. Thomasburg. 

Issue : (a) Florence, (6) Charles, (c) Helen, and (d) 

(2) Edwin I. M. Ketcheson, m. Carrie Coon ; set. Sidney ; no 


(3) Jennie Ketcheson, m. Rev. Matthew Robison, late pioneer 

missionary in Manitoba. Issue : (a) Edith Robison, m. 
Edgar Wight ; set Manitoba. Issue : Bessie M. and 
Helen C.; and (b) Bessie Robison. 

(4) Duncan W. Ketcheson, m. Myra E. Vandervoort ; no issue. 

(5) James A. Ketcheson, m. Annie Savage ; set. Manitoba. 

Issue : (a) Merle, (6) Charles, and (c) Wilfred. 

(6) Frank Ketcheson, m. Amanda Southard ; set. Manitoba. 

Issue : (a) Gerald, (b) Laura, and (c) Leila. 


In the old burial ground located on an eminence overlooking 
the Bay, midway between Belleville and Trenton, where lie the 
ashes of many of the men who built the first log cabins along the 
front of Sidney, rest the remains of Captain John Walten Meyers, 
the founder of Belleville, and the man who erected the first mills 
in the County of Hastings. Family tradition has it that the old 
Captain was born in Prussia. Some years before the American 
Colonies threw off their allegiance, his father left the land of his 
birth and came with his family to the colony of New York, where 
he settled on a farm near Poughkeepsie. The family prospered 
and were in comfortable circumstances when the war broke out. 
John Walten, our pioneer, had married Polly Kruger, also a native 
of Prussia ; their children were all born on the homestead in New 


York, where they remained with their mother throughout the war. 
John's father and other members of his family cast their lots with 
the rebels, but John himself remained loyal. He took part with 
the Tories in organizing a company for service, but being greatly 
outnumbered by the Revolutionists, they were, for a time, compelled 
to remain inactive. He was suspected of being a British spy, but 
his mother secretly warned him of his danger and advised him to 
keep out of the way. He resolved to leave the country ; but in 
order to secure his wife and children from the loss of their home 
by confiscation, he turned his property over to a cousin, who 
betrayed the confidence reposed in him by appropriating it to his 
own use, leaving the family to starve. The elder Walten Meyers 
was moved to pity and took one of the children, Jacob, to his own 

John Walten Meyers having, as he supposed, made safe pro- 
vision for his family, started for Canada. He came accompanied 
by his brother-in-law, John Kruger, and his faithful old dog. 
They tramped through tangled forests and mirey swales, became 
footsore and weary, and suffered from lack of food. The dog 
became so emaciated and weak, that his master had to pick him 
up and carry him. Kruger, who was on the verge of collapse, 
being merely able to drag himself along, asked his companion in 
distress why he was carrying the dog. " Oh" replied Meyers, "we 
may have to eat him yet ! " But a supply of bear meat, furnished 
by a friendly Indian, saved the dog's bones from being picked ; and 
the destination of the little party was reached in safety. Walten 
Meyers did not long remain in Canada. He was with Burgoyne 
at the surrender of Saratoga in 1777, but managed to escape by 
eluding the guard. As he had previously carried messages from 
Kingston and Burgoyne's army to Clinton, in New York, he knew 
too well what the result would be were he to fall into the hands of 
the enemy. His secret services in the Royal cause were strongly 
suspected, and many attempts were made to capture him. Tradi- 
tions in the family vary somewhat as to details relating to his 
attempt to capture General Schuyler at Albany. As the story 
goes, Meyers went to Albany with only ten men. Boldly entering 
the yard and approaching the window, he saw the General seated 
within the room ; but when they entered the house, his would-be 

prisoner was not to be found. Search was made from garret to 
cellar, but the General had mysteriously disappeared ! In the 
garret were a number of large casks standing on end and seem- 
ingly empty ; these were all kicked over and examined with the 
exception of one which, by some unaccountable oversight, was 
passed by. After the war, the General called on Meyers and 
informed him that a favorite old female slave had secreted him in 
that very cask, which had been overlooked. Meyers ordered his 
men not to injure or carry away any property belonging to the 
General, and it is said that when upon retiring he discovered a 
silver cup in the possession of one of his men, he instantly ordered 
it to be returned. 

When the struggle for independence was nearly over, Meyers 
received a Captaincy from Frederick Haldimand, Captain -General 
and Commander-in- Chief of the Province of Quebec. On May 
13th, 1782, he was given a company in Major Jessup's corps of 
Loyal Rangers. When peace was declared and the corps disbanded, 
many of these soldiers settled along the banks of the St. Lawrence. 
Meyers remained a year or so in Montreal, but in the spring of 
1787, pioneered his way into the Ninth Township, or Thurlow, 
where he built a cabin and remained a year. He then went to 
Sidney, settling and building mills on a stream a few miles east of 
the River Trent. The water power proving insufficient, he subse- 
quently purchased the north half of the lot upon which the busi- 
ness portion of the City of Belleville now stands. For the land 
on which he built his mills, on the Moira, he paid John Taylor 20 
pounds. For years the river was known as Meyer's Creek ; and 
the little settlement which formed the neucleus of the present City 
of Belleville was known as " Meyer's Creek." 

Captain Meyers was energetic and enterprising and possessed 
a business ability that made him a leader in the affairs of the set- 
tlement. His life in the log cabin was of short duration. As 
early as 1794 we find him living in a brick house that for nearly 
a century was a prominent land mark in Belleville. It was the 
first brick house erected in Upper Canada ; and the bricks used in 
its construction were baked on Meyer's land in Sidney. In those 
early times many persons who afterwards became prominent in 
provincial affairs found shelter in " Meyer's House " when journey- 


ing through the forest between Kingston and Newark or York. 
Captain Meyers and his jolly, buxom little wife enjoyed such a 
reputation among all classes of settlers for their hearty hospitality, 
as to make the fact worthy of mention in the annals of pioneer 
history. Not many years since, and while the old house was yet 
in an excellent state of preservation, the vandalism of modern 
enterprise attacked this old landmark, and completely destroyed 
it as a monument of pioneer activities. 

The first batteaux set afloat on the Upper Reach of the Bay 
of Quinte were constructed and used by Captain Meyers. Trans- 
porting his own freight was a large item in itself, as he operated 
saw and grist mills ; and, having established an Indian trading 
post on Stoco Lake, he had to make frequent shipments of furs 
and commodities. He ran batteaux down the Bay to Kingston, 
and even made occasional trips to Montreal. Later on, he put a 
schooner on the Bay, but the batteaux remained in general use 
until after his death. It is said, that when making the home runs, 
he carried passengers free. His " caboose " was always well 
stocked with " British grog," and being a great hunter and trapper, 
and a man of much experience as an early pioneer, it may well be 
imagined that all pioneer home-seekers who sought passage up the 
Bay in the Captain's batteau, were pleasantly entertained. It is 
said that he built mills in Sidney as early as 1790; he certainly 
built the mills on the Moira in 1802. Old records show that he 
owned large tracts of land in different places, two lots of which 
were located on Collins' Bay, in the First Township, or Kingston. 
His services to the Crown were further recognized by his being 
retired as an officer of the British Army. His taste for military 
life and hunting has been generously transmitted down through 
all generations of his posterity. In an old list of officers of the 
Hastings Militia published in 1798, George Meyers appears as 
Captain ; Leonard W. Meyers, as Lieutenant ; and Jacob W. Meyers, 
as Ensign. When war was declared in 1812, records show that 
Leonard and Jacob were Captains in the 1st Regiment, Hastings 

In common with many pioneers of Upper Canada, the old 
Captain kept a number of slaves. One of these, a female named 
" Black Bet," was so devoted to her master that, when freed by 


law, she refused to leave him and remained a member of the house- 
hold to the day of her death. 

Representative descendants of the old Pioneer in the fourth 
and fifth generations are found in Alva P. Meyers and his family. 
He is a son of Tobias W. Meyers, and consequently great-grand- 
son of Captain Walten. Born in 1833, in 1857 he married a des- 
cendant of the pioneer Billings family, so prominent in Leeds and 
Carleton counties. He owns three hundred and eighty acres, 
which, with the exception of one farm located near Frankford, is 
situated on the Sidney Front and produces large crops. He is a 
staunch Reformer, but outside of being township councillor for 
two years, has been too actively engaged in his large farming oper- 
ations to afford time for public affairs. The old home of this 
branch of the family is situated about sixty rods from the shore of 
the Bay, and opposite Baker's Island, which at one time was a 
hive of milling industry. Alva P. Meyers and his wife have had 
the satisfaction of seeing their children grow up and settle in the 
vicinity of the old home where their ancestors have played a most 
important part for the past century. One son, Seba W. Meyers, 
who was born in 1859, and married Stella Vandervoort in 1885, 
farms one hundred acres on lots four and five in the 5th concess- 
ion. He " is a Liberal, a Methodist and a member of the I. O. F. 
Another son, Charles B. Meyers, in 1899, married Delia Van- 
Blaricom, who is a daughter of John Wesley VanBlaricom and a 
great-grand-granddaughter of the Sophiasburg pioneer, Abraham 
VanBlaricom. The two hundred acres which Charles B. Meyers 
farms on the 1st concession of Sidney are a portion of the original 
farm from which the old pioneer Meyers obtained the bricks to 
build his home at Meyer's Creek. 

Merton W. Meyers, son of George E. and nephew of Alva P., 
was born in 1864 on the old Meyers farm, on lot 6, 1st concession 
of Sidney. Subsequently to serving three years in the employ of 
the Grand Trunk Railway, at Sidney Crossing, he built a brick 
block in which he conducted a bakery business in Trenton for some 
years. In 1886 he married a daughter of Lorenzo Vandervoort, 
and in 1887 returned to the farm in Sidney. This home is one of 
the most attractive on the Front; there may be others more 
elaborate, but no neater or greater taste has been displayed. 


Allusion may be made to the late John A. W. Meyers as 
another worthy descendant of the family, and like his distinguished 
ancestors, a man of strong character who was ever ready to take 
a fitting and active interest in the affairs of his day. During the 
Lyon Mackenzie rebellion, and when only seventeen years old, he 
carried despatches from Belleville to Kingston. As the trail through 
the woods was infested with disaffected Indians, his journey on 
horseback was fraught with many dangers, formidable for one so 
young. But this young " chip of the old block " was not to be 
daunted when duty was concerned ! When only twenty years old 
he married the eighteen year old Louisa Hildreth. She was a 
young woman of education and refinement who was born in New 
York State, but came .to Canada to teach school. Their son, 
Robert W. Meyers, now owns the house in which his parents 
commenced life together; he is married and has a son, and like 
his parents, is a member of the Methodist Church and a Liberal in 
politics. He has been Township Assessor and Returning-Officer 
for a number of years, but otherwise has not held municipal office. 

George Wandel Meyers is another respected fourth generation 
descendant of the Meyers family in Sidney. He was born in 1829, 
and of all the other pioneer boys who attended the old Number 
Two school he is one of the very few now living. At an early age 
he was apprenticed to the tailor's trade in Belleville. After hiring 
out for farm work for several years he went to Wisconsin in 1858'. 
Staying there only eighteen months, he returned with a hundred 
dollars of gold in his' pocket. By industry and economy he saved 
sufficient to purchase a farm, in Rawdon, which he later sold, to 
rent the Mabey farm. Eventually he purchased his present home, 
lot 4, 3rd concession, of Sidney. In 1859, he married Annie E., 
daughter of Samuel Mabey, and granddaughter of the pioneer, 
John Mabey. They had a family of two : (1) Ida, who married 
Daniel Stevens, and had children, Annie, Lelia, Frank, John and 
Edith ; and (2) Samuel, who married Hannah Stickle, and has a 
son, Fred Earl. The fine property of this branch of the family is 
the fruit of very hard work. The farm consists of one hundred 
and sixty six acres; the house is of good brick and supplemented 
by barns and other outbuildings replete with modern appliances. 


No man in the County of Hastings is more highly respected than 
George Wandell Meyers. 

There are numerous descendants of the old Pioneer in the 
Jacob W. Meyers branch ; they are quite fully traced in the geneal- 
ogical table annexed. Of the descendants of Tobias Waldron 
Meyers, it may be mentioned that the daughter of Edward W. 
married Herbert Fleury, a wealthy manufacturer of Aurora. His 
sister, Anna, married John N. Lazier. 

Mary, the eldest daughter of Jacob married Lyman Ashley. 
Her grand-daughter, Henrietta C. Taylor, married John Parker 
Thomas, the well known barrister of Belleville and father of Henry 
Parker Thomas, who married Hilda M. Frost. Another sister, Ida 
Caroline, married Charles Corby. (See Corby Family). 

Ann Eliza Ashley married T. C. Parkhurst, now Police Judge 
at Canadaigua, N.Y. Her sister, Augusta Matilda, the youngest 
child of Lyman and Mary Ashley, was one of the first steno- 
graphers in the Bay of Quinte region, and taught for a time at 

Stella M. M. Taylor married Donald Mackenzie Waters, the 
well-known druggist of Belleville. He was born in Caithnesshire, 
Scotland, in 1852, his parents being David and Elizabeth Waters. 
When a boy of fifteen he came to Canada, and, having served an 
apprenticeship in the drug business with Mr. Edmund Chandler, 
and, having acted as an assistant pharmacist, he entered the firm 
of James Clark & Co., of Belleville, in 1876. In 1884, on the death 
of Mr. Clark, he assumed the business, which he has ever since 
successfully carried on. Mr. Waters belongs to the Presbyterian 
Church and to the I.O.F., and for years he took an active interest 
in the St. Andrew's Society. He belongs to the Conservative 



I. George W. Meyers, m. Alida VanAlstine ; set. Sidney. Issue : 

(1) Peter W., (2) Tobias W., (3) John G. W., (4) Rebecca, 

(5) Nancy, (6) Alida, and (7) Alice. 


II. Tobias W. Meyers, d. young; accidentally killed by his brother 
George while watching a bear in the cornfield. 

III. Leonard W. Meyers, m. 1st, and 2nd, Lena Westfall. 

Issue: (1) John L. W., (2) James W., (3) Margaret, 
(4) Annie, (5) Mary, and (6) Rachel. 

IV. Jacob W. Myers, b. 1777 ; d. 1851 ; m. 1798, Jane W. 
McKenzie, b. 1780; d. 1858; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) John, 
(2) Mary W., (3) Tobias W., (4) Nancy W., (5) Jacob W., 
(6) Jane W., (7) George E. W., (8) Bleeker W., (9) John A. 
W., and (10) Sarah Ann W. 

V. Catharine W. Myers, m. Squire John Bleeker ; set. Sidney. 
See the John Bleeker family. 

VI. Anna W. Meyers, m. 1st, William Gilbert, and 2nd, Thomas 

VII. Mary W. Meyers, m. 1st, Squire John Bleeker, and 2nd. 
John Row. 


See I. The George W. Meyers Branch : 

(1) Peter W. Meyers, m. Elizabeth Yager ; set. Sidney. 
Issue : (a) John, (b) George W., and (c) Alida, m. Tilson 
Bell. Issue : George, William and Harriet. 
{2) Tobias W. Meyers, m. Christiana H. Yager ; set. Sidney, 
Issue : (a) George E. Meyers, m. Hester Saylor. Issue : 
Edward, m. Sabra Southard ; set Sidney ; no issue ; 
Merton W., m. Carrie A. Vandervoort ; set. Sidney. 
Issue : Frederick and Ella A. ; and Victoria, m. Charles 
Wesley Saylor ; set. Trenton. Issue : Edith and Clarence. ; 
(b) Alva P. Meyers, b. 1833 ; m. Cinderella Billings ; set. 
Sidney. Issue : Emma S., m. Charles Cox ; set Murray. 
Issue : Ernest, Bruce, Blake, May and Roy ; Seba W., 
m. Stella Vandervoort ; set. Sidney. Issue : Leila W. ; 
Walton H., employed by C.P.R. at Rat Portage, m. 
Minnie McMasters. Issue : Howard, Alva, Hazel and 
Nina G. ; Nellie, m. Abel Finkle ; set. Sidney ; no issue ; 
Cora, m. John Southard ; set. Sidney. Issue : Charles, 
Arthur and Elmer ; Charles B., m. Delia VanBlaricom ; 
set. Sidney. Issue : Vera G. ; Maggie, m. James Vander- 


cock ; set. Sidney. Issue ; Hazel, Roy and Floyd ; and 
Percy, unm. ; set. Sidney ; (c) Henry Meyers, d. in Wis- 
consin ; (d) Marietta Meyers, m. Nelson Hawley ; set. 
Thurlow ; (e) Elizabeth Meyers, m. Sampson Hogle ; (/) 
Sarah A. Meyers, - m. George Davis ; set. Sidney ; no 
issue ; (g) Harriet Meyers, m. Mr. Hawkins ; set. U.S. ; 
(h) Helen Meyers, m. Gilbert Goldsmith ; set. Bloom- 

(3) John G. W. Meyers, in. 1st, Catherine Meyers, and 2nd, 

Polly Row ; set. Sidney. Issue : (a) George W. Meyers, 
b. 1834 ; m. 1856, Mary A. Powers, dau. of John Powers ; 
set. Sidney. Issue : Sarah E., unm. ; Amanda deceased, 
m. Harvey M. Lockwood ; set. Lindsay. Issue : Pearl, 
David and Blake ; Etta, m. Robert Bell, G.T.R. agent, 
Pickering ; no issue ; Byron W., G. T. R. agent, 
Port Hope, m. Annie Phillips. Issue : Myrtle and 
Gladys ; Harry, m. Emma Crosby ; set. Toronto ; no 
issue; and Stella, m. George Morey, merchant, Frank- 
ford. Issue : Bertha ; (b) Peter D. Meyers ; (c) Tobias 
v Meyers, m. Margaret Parker ; set. Thurlow ; (d) Harmon 

Meyers, m. Westfall ; set. Trenton ; (e) Sarah M. 

Meyers, m. Peter Maybe ; set. Belleville ; (/) Eliza 
Meyers, m. Mr. Wells ; set. Thurlow ; (g) Mary Meyers, 
m. Jeremiah Knox ; set. Sidney. 

(4) Rebecca W. Meyers, m. Peter Vandervoort ; set. Sidney. 

Issue : (a) George. 

(5) Nancy W. Meyers, m. John L. Meyers. 

(6) Alida W. Meyers, m. Harmon Row ; set. Sidney. Issue : 

(a) John. 

(7) Alice W. Meyers, m. George Westfall ; set. finally Western 


See III. The Leonard W. Meyers Branch : 

(1) John L. W. Meyers, m. Nancy Meyers; set. U.S. 

(2) James W. Meyers, m. and set. Michigan. 

(3) Margaret Meyers, m. John Smith ; set. Sidney. Issue : 

(a) George, (b) Peter, (c) John, (d) Russell, (e) Jane, 
(/) Amarilla, and (g) Augusta. 


(4) Annie Meyers, m. John Brown ; set. Sidney. Issue : (a) 

Charles, (6) James, (c) Hafford, and (d) Jane. 

(5) Mary Meyers, m. Peter Vandervoort. 

(6) Rachel Meyers, m. Wells Munn ; set. Sidney. Issue : (a) 

Mary A., (b) Roselle. (c) Nancy, and (d) Adelaide. 
See IV. The Jacob W. Meyers Branch : 

(1) John W. Meyers, d. 1819, unm. There is a tradition in 

the family to the effect that this John W. Meyers dis- 
covered a silver cave, but that he died suddenly before 
being able to reveal its mysterious location. 

(2) Mary W. Meyers, b. 1801, d. 1895, m. Lyman Ashley in 

1829; set. Belleville. Issue: (a) Caroline Ashley, m. 
Richard Taylor ; set. Belleville. Issue : Henrietta K., m. 
John Parker Thomas ; set. Belleville. Issue : Ethelind, 
m. Dr. Allan E. MacColl, no issue ; and Henry Parker, 
m. Hilda M. Frost. (Issue : Lindsay Parker); Ida, m. 
Chas. Corby ; set. finally N. Y. City. Issue : Edna and 
Gene vie ve; and Stella, m. Donald M. Waters, druggist. 
Belleville. Issue : Donald Mackenzie and Majory Taylor. 
(6) Eliza Ashley, d. aged 3 yrs ; (c) John Ashley, unm., 
all trace of him is lost by the family ; (d) George Calvin 
Ashley, accidentally shot aged 12 yrs; (e) Anna E. Ashley, 
m. Capt. T. C. Parkhurst ; set. Canandaigua, N. Y.; (/) 
Jacob M. Ashley, m. Catherine Sanderson ; set. Belleville ; 
no issue ; (g) Henry W. Ashley, m. Catherine Sanderson ; 
set. Belleville. Issue : George ; (h) George Calvin Ashley, 
last heard of at Chicago ; (i) August A. Matilda Ashley, 
unm. set. Belleville. 

(3) Tobias W. Meyers, m. Elizabeth Higley; set. Belleville. 

Issue : (a) and (b) Charles and Myron, d. young ; (c) 
Edward Meyers, m. Sarah Jordan. Issue: Leila (m. 
Herbert Fleury ; set. Aurora) and Ethel unm. ; (d) Annie 
Meyers, m. John Lazier ; set. Belleville. Issue : Blanche 
and Nora. 

(4) Nancy W. Meyers, b. 1803, m. 1822 Caleb Gilbert; set. 

Sidney. Issue : (a) Jane Gilbert, m. 1st James Seay, and 
2nd Thos. Hampton ; set. Belleville ; (b) John Gilbert, m. 
Rebecca VanHorn ; (c) Mary Gilbert, m. 1st Peter 


VanHorn, and 2nd Wm. Ashton ; set. Chicago ; (d) 
Abigail Gilbert, m. Philip Roblin ; (e) Hester A. Meyers, 
m. 1st Wm. Abercombie, and 2nd Geo. Goldsmith ; (/) 
Sarah Meyers, d. unm. 

(5) Jacob W. Meyers, b. 1809, m. 1st Augusta Fones, and 2nd 

Elizabeth Schenck ; set. Sidney ; no issue. 

(6) Jane W. Meyers, b. 1811, m. 1840 John Wannocott; set. 

Belleville. Issue : (a) Burdon and (b) Georgianna. 

(7) George E. W. Meyers, b. 1813, m. Nancy Burdett ; set. 

Belleville. Issue : (a) Wm. Byron Meyers, m. 1st 
Catherine A. Howell, and 2nd Martha Snell ; set. Belle- 
ville. Issue by 1st, Etta, Morley P., Margaret, Jennie, 
George and Earl ; (6) and (c) George E. and Sarah E. 
Meyers, d. in infancy ; (d) John H. W. Meyers, m. Sophia 
Woodley ; set. Detroit ; (e) Charles W. Meyers, set. U. S. 

(8) Bleeker W. Meyers, b. 1817, d. 1849; m. Hannah Webb. 

Issue : (a) William H., m. Elizabeth Gilbert ; set. Belle- 
ville ; (6) Wellington R, m. Adeline Taylor ; set. Michi- 
gan ; (c) Augustine G., m. F. Spencer ; set. Chicago ; (d) 
Maria L., m. James Beal ; set. Utica, N.Y. Issue : Emily ; 
(e) Ellen M., m. William Allen ; set. Chicago. Issue : 
Josephine, Bella, and Helen ; (/) George E. W., m. Mary 
E. Bleeker ; set. Toronto. Issue : Claude B., d. unm. ; 
John J. B., m. Tillena Clement ; set. Stratford. Issue : 
Evelina, Tobias, George and John ; George F. B. Meyers, 
unm. ; set. Toronto ; Myrtle M. E. Meyers. 

(9) John A. W. Meyers, b. 1820, d. 1899 ; m. Louise Hildrith, 

b. 1818, d. 1893 ; set. Sidney. Issue : (a) Harrison 
Meyers, m. Lucinda Harden ; set. Trenton. Issue : Nellie 
and Florence ; (6) Robert W. Meyers, m. Agnes Mastin ; 
set. Sidney. Issue : Bleeker W, ; (c) Curtiss Meyers, m. 
Mary Orr ; set. Indiana. Issue : Frank; (d and e) Charles 
and Frank Meyers, d. unm. ; (/) John Meyers, m. Hettie 
Fowler ; set. Beloit, Wis. Issue : Marion ; (g) Caroline 
Meyers, m. Dr. Fred. Fanning ; set. Indiana. Issue : 
Charles and Frank ; (h) Jane Meyers, m. . 1st, John E. 
Graham, and 2nd, Sam'l Moody ; set Indiana. No issue. 

(10) Sarah Ann W. Meyers, b. 1822, d. 1839. 


The Bleekers are descended from an old Holland Colonial 
family of New York. At a convention held at Albany as early as 
1G69, there was present a Jan Janse Bleeker; and twenty years 
later, in a letter written from Albany, the name of a Captain 
Bleeker appears. After the massacre of Schnectady, a meeting was 
called at Albany to arrange for the burial of the victims, and to pro- 
vide some means of defence against future attacks of the French 
and their Indian allies ; A. J. Bleeker is mentioned among those 
who took an active part at the meeting. Several others of the 
family are given in a published list of the freeholders of the city 
and county of Albany for the year 1720. 

John R. Bleeker, the Trenton pioneer, came from near Albany, 
in which city his father was a merchant. Shortly after his 
father's death his mother brought him and his sister to Kingston 
in company with a McKenzie family. John R. studied surveying, 
and at the age of eighteen was employed by the Government to 
assist in laying out the townships in the Bay of Quinte district. His 
mother married the McKenzie pioneer. His sister married George 
Finkle, a merchant and distiller and founder of the Canadian 
family of that name. She was a woman of business ability, 
and when left a widow engaged in the steamboat business with 
Henry Gildersleeve. Young Bleeker, while acting as assistant sur- 
veyor, became acquainted with Captain John Walten Meyers, who 
was at the time living in Montreal. He located his own land on 
both sides of the Trent, recognizing the importance of the situation 
as an Indian trading station. During those early years of his bush 
life he had much to do with the Indians, and was recognized as a 
man of authority among them. Like all the old pioneers he 
looked upon rum as a panacea for every ill that human flesh is 
heir to, and always kept a good supply on hand. The red men 
who were dispossessed of their God-given inheritance were exceed- 
ingly fond of the fire water, not because it tickled their palates, 
but because it gave them dare-devil spirit and made them " big 
injuns" in their own estimations. It is related how -on a certain 
occasion before the magisterial club of British authority had 


reduced Bleeker's red neighbors to a passive condition of law- 
abiding citizenship, they resolved to attack the Bleeker castle and 
fill their red skins with Bleeker's rum. But as they had to scale 
walls of logs, Bleeker saved his rum by pounding on the knuckles 
of each red hand as it grasped the uppermost log in its owner's 
attempt to get inside. T. Howard Bleeker, of Trenton, a grandson 
of the old pioneer, says that when the home was attacked his 
grandmother stood guard at the door. An Indian approached her 
with a spear, but his grandfather, perceiving him, drew her aside, 
thus saving her life, as the spear was thrust through the door. 
He had her conveyed to a cabin about a mile distant, and that 
same night she gave birth to her firstborn. 

The following tradition relating to the legend which gave the 
small island at the head of the Bay the name of " Fighting 
Indian " Island is derived from the same source. A band of Mis- 
sissagas were in pursuit of a band of Mohawks. They had gone 
up the great lakes to Georgian Bay, and thence down the usual 
route by way of Lake Simcoe to the mouth of the Trent River. 
Arrived there, the Mohawks secreted themselves on the island at 
the head of the bay. In due time their pursuers discovered their 
encampment, and one foggy night, fastening their canoes one 
behind the other in a straight line, stealthily approached the island 
and attacked the sleeping Mohawk. Although one squaw awakened 
and gave the alarm, only one Mohawk warrior managed to escape ; 
and, for several days after, he was to be seen skulking about the 
Bleeker store and house. 

Another member of the family relates how the old pioneer sat 
on a bench outside his cabin smoking a pipe when two Indians 
came paddling by in a canoe, and when directly opposite him one 
took deliberate aim and fired at him, the ball entering a log just 
above his head. Bleeker rushed to the shore, sprung into his own 
canoe and gave chase. As he neared the Indian's canoe the one 
who had fired the shot jumped overboard. But Bleeker caught 
him and gave him a thrashing, for in a rough-and-tumble combat 
he was a match for three or four Indians, and they were all afraid 
of him. 

The pioneer was commissioned a Justice of the Peace, and in 
the early days, Squire Bleeker, of Trenton, and Captain Meyers, of 


Meyers Creek, were important personages. The Squire married 
the Captain's daughter, Catharine, and had two sons by this mar- 
riage John R., and George. After her death, he fell in love with 
Mary, another daughter of the Captain, who, knowing that the 
Squire had proved a model husband to her sister Catharine, fell 
in love with him ; and so they were betrothed. But the old 
Captain would not have it so. He was headstrong, worldly, and 
not overmuch given to piety, but yet was scrupulous in his religious 
notions. The idea of a girl marrying her own brother-in-law was 
not only a flagrant violation of all the known proprieties, but a 
sin in the sight of God. He put down his cow-hide boot with a 
crash that might have been heard all the way to Trenton, and 
swore that such a union should not be ! But love, like truth, is 
mighty, and in the end prevails. There are conflicting versions 
given of the elopement. The Squire and Mary did not run away ; 
they paddled away during the absence of the old Captain. As he 
had gone down to Montreal with his batteau, the Squire and his 
sweetheart took advantage of his absence. They resolved to go 
to Kingston in a clandestine manner to have the marriage solemn- 
ized. Unfortunately they arrived there only to run against the 
Captain on his return. His suspicions were at once aroused, and 
he landed with "blood in his eye." The Squire succeeded in 
eluding him, and Mary disguised herself by wrapping an Indian 
blanket about her, and squatting among a group of squaws. It was 
well that it happened so, for the Captain was determined, and had 
the two met on that occasion there might have been one less Squire 
on the Bay of Quinte. This elopement occurred when the new 
province of Upper Canada was one year old. By this marriage 
our pioneer had three sons Tobias, Gilbert and Henry; and two 
daughters Katie and Jane. 

He died, comparatively a young man, in 1807. Among his 
many enterprises was the building of a mill on Rawdon Brook 
near the present village of Stirling. It was while engaged at this 
work that he contracted the cold which caused his death. He died 
intestate at the age of forty-five years. His eldest son acquired all 
the property, and his widow with the remaining children returned to 
the mouth of the river, where she opened an hotel and operated a 
ferry. In this way she supported her family and made money 



over and above their needs. She attained to the ripe old age of 
ninety-five years. 

For over quarter of a century, Thomas Howard Bleeker, a 
grandson of the pioneer, has been proprietor of the "Gilbert House," 
at Trenton, well known as one of the most comfortable and well 
kept hotels in the Dominion. His mother, Elizabeth Ritchie, was 
only fifteen when she was married to John R. Bleeker, at Bath. 
Directly after the ceremony they started in a canoe for Trenton. 
Camping over night on Captain John's Island, they reached home 
the following day. Three months later the young bride had occa- 
sion to go to Bath to visit her parents. She went alone and on 
horseback, fording every stream between Trenton and Bath, with 
the exception of the Trent and Moira, over which she was ferried. 
She followed the Bay and found her way through long stretches of 
tangled forest. T. Howard Bleeker has two sons William Adam 
and George Henry. The former is manager of the " Gilbert Hotel," 
the latter, a graduate of Queen's University, Kingston, is a medical 
doctor. Both are leading, progressive young men, highly respected 
in the community. 

Captain Walten Meyers, father-in-law of the pioneer Bleeker, 
gave each of his thirty-nine grandchildren a farm or an equivalent 
in money. Henry Bleeker received a farm of one hundred and 
fifty acres, on lot 13, of the 3rd concession of Sidney. He mar- 
ried Sarah, daughter of Peter Leavens, one of the pioneers of the 
Hallowell family of that name. He was Clerk of the Division 
Court for Trenton and Sidney for many years. He assisted the 
early surveyors in their surveys of Sidney, and in later years was 
looked upon as quite an authority when such matters were in dis- 
pute. His son, Henry G. Bleeker, was partly educated in the 
Bloomfield Quaker Seminary. He married Ella Lawrence, a 
granddaughter of Reuben White. They have two children 
Dougall L., who married Lillie Chapman, daughter of the Post- 
master at Frankford ; and Ina, who is unmarried. Henry G. 
Bleeker ran for member of the Ontario Legislature in 1898, but 
was defeated by a comparatively small majority. At the present 
time he is a Road Commissioner of Hastings County. In 'this 
connection it may be mentioned that few townships in Ontario can 


boast of better roads than Sidney a fact due to such men as 
Henry G. Bleeker and his predecessors. 

Donald G. Bleeker, grandson of Tobias Bleeker and great- 
grandson of the Pioneer, was born in Belleville, January 22nd, 
1866, and educated at the public schools and Albert College. He 
served his apprenticeship in the drug business with L. W. Yeo- 
mans, Belleville, one of the oldest drug houses in Canada. Later 
he graduated at the College of Pharmacy, Toronto, and then spent 
three and one-half years in the large establishment of Parke, 
Davis & Company, Detroit, as manager of a department. 
From Detroit, he returned to the employ of L. W. Yeomans, where 
he became head clerk. In 1904 he purchased the drug business of 
Alex. Roy ; the store is centrally located, and is unsurpassed by 
any in the Bay of Quinte district. 

Mr. Bleeker is well-known as an admirer of good horses. 
He is a member of the Moira Lodge, A.F. and A.M.; attends the 
Bridge Street Methodist Church, and his political leanings are 
with the Liberal party. 


I. John R. Bleeker, b. 1787; d. 1874; m. Elizabeth Ritchie, b. 

1795 ; d. 1876; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) John R., (2) James, 

(3) George, (4) Jacob, (5) Henry, (6) William, (7) Gilbert, (8) 
T. Howard, (9) Jane, (10) Rachael, (11) Susannah and (12) 

II. George Bleeker, m. Elsie Ritchie; set. Thurlow. Issue : (1) 
Ann, m. 1st, Judge B. Dougall and 2nd Allan Dougall. 
Issue : (1) Helen, (2) Harriet A. and (3) Allecia. 

III. Tobias Bleeker, b. 1797 ; d. 1866 ; was four times married : 
set. Thurlow. Issue : (1) William, (2) John J. Flint, (3) Jane, 

(4) Sarah, (5) Matilda and (6) Mary E. 

IV. Gilbert Bleeker, b. 1799 ; d. 1850 , m. Mary A. Walker; set. 
finally Sidney. Issue: (1) George, (2) Charles, (3) William, 
(4) Caroline (5) Jane and (6) Ella. 

V. Henry Bleeker, b. 1805; d. 1881; m. Sarah Leavens; set. 
Sidney. Issue : (1) John, (2) Dougall and (3) Henry G, 


VI. Catharine Bleeker, m. John Orr ; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 
Gilbert, (2), Samuel, (3) Wesley, (4) William, (5) Bleeker, 
(6) Mary A., (7) Maria, (8) Susanna and (9) Caroline. 

VII. Jane Bleeker, m. William Bipson ; set. Sidney. Issue : (1) 
George ; set. Rochester. 

See I. The John R. Bleeker Branch : 

(1) John R. Bleeker, m. Susanan Burnham ; set. Wisconsin. 

(2) James Bleeker, unm. 

(3) George Bleeker, m. Elizabeth Burnham ; set. Wisconsin. 

(4) Jacob Bleeker, unm. 

(5) Henry Bleeker, m. Hannah Abbott ; set. Trenton. Issue : 

(a) Howard, (b) James, (c) William, (d) Lewis and 
(e) Addie. 

(6) William Bleeker m. Mrs. Sager. No issue. 

(7) T. Howard Bleeker, m. Isabel Young ; set. Trenton. Issue: 

(a) William A., and (b) George H. 

(8) Gilbert Bleeker, unm. 

(9) Jane Bleeker, m. W. H. Nugent ; set. on St. Clair River. 

(10) Rachael Bleeker. 

(11) Susannah Bleeker, m. Samuel Bryant; set. Ameliasburgh. 

(12) Anna Bleeker, m. John Hennessey ; set. Murray. 
See II. The Tobias Bleeker Branch : 

(1) William Bleeker, m. Janet Siericks ; set. Belleville. Issue: 

(a) Henry, m. Sarah Nosworthy ; set: Los Angeles, CaL; 

(b) Tobias, m. Lila Jones ; set. Boston ; (c) Mary, d. unm.: 

(d) Herman, m. Sarah Vande water ; set. Sidney ; no issue. 

(e) Frederick, m. Mary Bragg ; set. Belleville ; (/) Louis, 
d. y.; (g) Donald Gilbert Bleecker, unm., druggist ; set. 
Belleville, and (h) Ella Bleeker, unm. 

(2) John J. Bleeker Flint, Police Magistrate, Belleville, m. 

Eliza Holt ; no issue. 

(3) Jane Bleeker, m. Ellis Burrell ; set. Belleville. Issue : (a) 

Emma Burrell, m. W. F. Carrier ; set. Toronto. Issue : 
Ella, Gertrude and Jessie; (6) Ella Burrell, m. M. C. 
Bogart ; set. Belleville ; (c) Mary E. Burrell, m. J. W. 
Campion ; set. Vancouver. Issue : Rosa, m. Colonel 


Warren; (d) Ellis B. Burrell, m. Mary R. Bogart ; set. 
Campbellford. Issue : Mary, Julia and Ellis ; (e) Julia 
F. Burrell, m. J. P. Byers ; set. Brockville. Issue : Rhoda 
and Ellis ; and (/) Harry S. Burrell, unm.; set Belleville. 
See IV. The Gilbert Sleeker Branch: 

(1) George Bleeker, m. Sarah Johns ; set. Marmora. 

(2) Charles Bleeker, m. Charlotte Davis ; set. Sidney. He was 

drowned, 1862; no issue. 

(3) William Bleeker, m. Samantha Fralick ; set. Sidney. 

(4) Caroline Bleeker, m. Alfred Pitts ; set. Belleville ; no issue. 

(5) Jane Bleeker, m. George Ketcheson ; set. Sidney. 

(6) Ella Bleeker, m. William Duffy; set. Michigan. 
See V. The Henry Bleeker Branch: 

(1) John Bleeker, m. Hester White; set. Sidney. Issue : (a) 


(2) Dougall Bleeker, d. unm. 

(3) Henry G. Bleeker, b. 1850 ; m. Ella Lawrence ; set. Sidney. 

Issue : (a) Dougall L., m. Lile Chapman ; set. Sidney, and 
(b) Ina, unm.; set. Sidney. 


The Demorests came from the districts of Bordeaux and 
Picardy, where we find them distinguished for learning and zeal, 
and amongst the first Huguenots, against whom the wrath of both 
church and state was directed. Eminent alike as scholars and 
controversialists, they contributed largely to the theological 
writings that moulded Huguenot thought in the 16th and 17th 
centuries. We find John de Morest, a distinguished theologican, 
removing to Holland, with his family, early in the 17th century. 
His son David with his wife Maria Schin and family of three 
sons, John, David and Samuel, sailed from Amsterdam in the " Bon- 
tica," in the spring of 1663. Living two years at Staten Island 
and thirteen at Harlem, in the spring of 1678 they settled at 
Hackensack, N.J., where they had purchased three thousand acres 
of land. The father died in 1693. John and Samuel, the eldest 
and youngest sons of David Demorest married sisters named 


Dremin, and eleven children were born to each couple. David, the 
son of David and grandson of David and Maria Schin, was born, 
Feb. 19th, 1666; he married April, 1697, Sarah, daughter of Rev. 
William Bertholf, of Hackensack, and died in 1768. His son 
James married Mary Denyer. Another son, John Demorest, born 
in Rockland Co., N.Y., married Catherine Lazier, and after living 
in Orange County, ultimately settled in Dutchess County, where 
they died. One of their sons Guilliame Demorest born Feb. 
16th, 1769, in Orange County, lived in Dutchess County till 1790, 
whence he emigrated to Canada. He came by way of the 
Mohawk Valley and crossed the lake in a small sailing craft to 
Adolphustown, where he taught school for two years, and where, 
in 1793, he married Jane Davis, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth 
Davis, of Adolphustown. The newly wedded couple moved to 
Prince Edward County in the spring of 1794, having purchased 
the previous year, from the Government, lots 38 and 39, 1st 
concession, of Sophiasburg. Here a village soon sprang up and was 
named after its founder, Demorestville. 

Here our Pioneer in due course of time built a grist mill, a 
sawmill, a linseed oil mill and a church. Although his family 
thoroughly indoctrinated in the Presbyterian faith by a long line 
of Huguenot ancestors still held by the church for which they 
had given up home and fortune, Guilliame Demorest presented the 
church and the lot on which it stood to the Methodists, who were 
then, as now, numerically the strongest body in Sophiasburg. 
Later on, the pioneer was admitted into that body, and for many 
years before his death, was one of the ablest local preachers in 
Prince Edward County. He received a magistrate's commission, 
and 'Squire Demorest was in the beginning of the last century 
the leading man in the most progressive settlement on the Bay of 
Quinte. A detailed story of his life would be the history of the 
early settlement of Sophiasburg. 

His first wife, Elizabeth Davis, bore him five children. The 
eldest of these was Catharine, born 1794, who married an educated 
young Englishman of good family, Eratus Howard a union that 
blending as it did the best blood of England and France gave a 
long list of distinguished names to the learned professions in 
Canada. This family not only furnished to Methodism a fine 


church edifice, but many clergymen as well : Thomas Demorest, 
Nathan H., Howard and his brother Eratus S.; Thompson 
Howard and his brother E. E. Howard, and Fred Howard, a son 
of the latter; Valentine Rightmeyer, and Dr. E. Badgley ; and 
Miss Althea (Dolly) Howard, who is engaged in evangelistic work. 
Nor has Methodism alone drawn from this rich stock of talent. 
The English Church, the Bar of two provinces, the Bench of the 
State of Iowa (Judge Thomas Giverson), the medical and teaching 
professions have all been enriched by the broad culture and 
tolerant spirit of many descendants of the truth-loving old 
Huguenot professor, John de Morest. After the death of his first 
wife, in LSI 3, Guilliame Demorest married Hannah Burdette, of 
Kingston, a lady also of noble Huguenot descent, who bore him 
David, Mary Ann, Margaret and Rachel. Our Pioneer died at 
Demorestville in 1849 . 

Thomas J. Howard, son of Eratus Howard and Catharine 
Demorest, left home, at the age of fifteen years, to serve his 
apprenticeship as a harness maker in Wellington, where he 
remained five years, and in the fall of 1850 started in business- 
for himself in Frankford. The following spring he married Miss 
Harriet Huyck. After five years in the harness business, owing 
to failing health, he sold out. On recovering his health Mr. 
Howard opened a dry goods store in Frankford; and in 1870 
removed his business to Wellington, where he still trades and 
prospers having been in business for fifty-four years without 
experiencing " either fire or failure." In 1858 Mr. Howard was 
appointed a Justice of the Peace for the County of Hastings. 
The years following were marked by much litigation consequent 
on the enforcement of the Dunkin Act ; Mr. Howard made it an 
unvarying rule to listen to no complaints from drunken men, and 
always counselled settlement of trifling disputes without recourse 
to the courts. 

At the age of 17 years, Mr. Howard became a member of the 
Methodist Church was chosen class leader in 1851 and has 
been a member of the Quarterly Board almost continuously for 
the last half century. In 1903 at the meeting of the Quarterly 
Board in November, when he spoke of retiring on account of 


infirmities, he was by a unanimous vote elected a life member of 
the Board. 



I. Catharine Demorest, m. Eratus Howard ; set. Sophiasburg. 

Issue: (1) Jane, (2) Nathan H., (3) Theresa, (4) Caroline, 

(5) Elizabeth, (6) Guilliame, (7) Thomas J., (8) E. S. 
and one son d. in infancy. The father d. in 1832, aged 43 
years; the mother in 1882, age 89 years. 

II. Thomas Dernorest, m. Harriet Burnham ; set. Demorestville. 
Issue : (1) Dr. Burnham Guilliame Grant, m. Deborah Grass ; 
set. Sidney. No issue. 

III. James Demorest, m. and set. Mariposa, Victoria Co. 

IV. Elizabeth Demorest, m. (1st) Matthew Steele, (2nd) Valentine 
Rightmeyer ; set. Sophiasburg. Issue (by 2nd) (1) Janet M., 
(2) Valentine, (3) Guilliame, (4) Deborah W., and (5) Simon 
W. The mother d. in 1891, aged 88 years. 

V. Janet Demorest, m. Isaac Noxon ; set. Sophiasburg. Issue : 
(1) Isaac J., (2) Elizabeth, (3) Grant, (4) Bell, (5) Gertrude, 

(6) Davis, and (7) George 0. 

VI. David Demorest, m. Elizabeth Leach ; set. Wolcottville, Conn. 
Issue : (1) Hannah, (2) Cora, (3) Carrie, (4) David L., (5) 
Guilliame, and (6) Elizabeth. 

VII. Mary Ann Demorest, m. Matthias Marsh ; set. Hillier, near 
Consecon. No issue. The wife d. in 1852, aged 36 years. 

VIII. Rachael Demorest, m. Loren Gillet ; set. Big Island. Issue : 
(1) Mary Ann, and (2) Loren. 

IX. Margaret Demorest, b. 1819, d. 1822. 


See I. The Catharine Demorest Branch : 

(1) Jane Howard, m. Robert Cooper; set. Napanee. Issue: 
(a) John, (b) Robert, (c) Eratus, (d) Margaret, (e) Isaiah, 
(/) Mary, (g) Guilliame J., (h) Isaac, (j) Catharine, 
(k) Agnes, and (I) Nathan. 


(2) Rev. Nathan H. Howard, m. Ruth Thompson ; set. Demor- 

estville. Issue : (a) Emily Ann, (b) Rev. E. E. Howard, 
(c) Margaret, (d) Catharine, (e) Ellsworth, (/) Hattie, 
(g) Augusta, (h) Louisa, (i) Matilda, (j) Ella, and 
(k) Thompson N. H. 

(3) Theresa Howard, m. Isaiah Badgley ; set. Thurlow. 

Issue : (a) Catharine, (b) Ira E., (c) Philip, (d) Thomas, 
(e) Emily, (/) Albert, and (g) Wesley. 

(4) Caroline Howard, m. 1st, Paul Barrager, 2nd, John 

Atkinson ; set. Percy. Issue : (By 1st) (a) Peter, (6) 
Dau. d. young, and (by 2nd), (c) Ammond, (d) Thomas, 
(e) Caroline, (/) Catharine, and (g) John. 

(5) Elizabeth Howard, m. Joseph Trumpour ; set. Hallowell. 

Issue : (a) Richard, and (b) Catharine, (m. Benj. Ains- 
worth ; set. Allisonville). 

(6) Guilliame Howard, m. 1st, Deborah Clapp, and 2nd, 
Adelaide Boulter, (nee Allison) ; set. Belleville. Issue : 
(By 1st), (a) Hannah, (6) Nancy, and (c) Catharine. 

(7) Thomas James Howard, m. Harriet Huyck ; set. Welling- 

ton. Issue : (a) Alicia, m. S. B. Morden ; set. Welling- 
ton. Issue : Dr. Garnet Howard Morden and Karl 
Percival Morden. 

(8) Rev. E. S. Howard, Methodist clergyman still travelling, 

1904, aged 71 years, m. Harriet Hersey ; set. Brome, 
Que. Issue : (a) Althea, (b) Hersey, (c) Eratus, (d) 
Catharine, (e) Hattie, (/) Mary, and (g) John. 


Stephen Young with his half-brother, Asa Weller, came to the 
Carrying Place about 1802 : they being the first settlers at Weller 's 
Bay. He was born at Manchester, Vermont, in 1778, and died in 
1849. He married Lucy Marsh, daughter of the old Sydney pio- 
neer, Matthias Marsh. She was born at Manchester, Vermont, in 
1785, and died in 1847. Both are burried in the Carrying Place 

He had that handiness and ingenuity, which is so often found 


among the people of New England ; for although he had never 
been apprenticed to any trade, he appears to have accomplished 
everything he attempted in a mechanical line. He, like all the 
early settlers, had to become his own carpenter, cooper, blacksmith, 
tailor, shoemaker, etc. He made shoes for his family from leather 
of his own tanning, shod his oxen in winter, with iron shoes of his 
own manufacture, and made ox-yokes and other useful articles, of 
winter evenings, by the light of the blazing fire. He was fortunate 
in having for a wife, a woman who was fully equal to the occa- 
sion ; she crowded the work of an ordinary lifetime into the first 
few years of their married life. It is a well authenticated fact, 
that she, in one day, cut out and made by hand a pair of . full cloth 
trowsers for each of her seven boys. While amply dowered with 
force and energy, she was not deficient in the more gracious gifts 
of womanhood. Her hospitality was unbounded. The travelling 
missionary ever found in her home a generous welcome ; while by 
the same fireside a hungry Indian would gratefully receive his food 
and shelter. 

In the first years their principal food was cornmeal with buck- 
wheat pancakes, fish and flesh of wild game. Plums, cranberries 
and other small fruit grew abundantly, as did hickory nuts, but- 
ter-nuts and the like. The plentiful supply of nuts would have 
made it easy to raise pigs, but for the first few years they found 
it impossible to keep any swine, on account of the bears and other 
wild beasts that infested the neighborhood. 

Mr. Young selected the farm (lots 6 and 7, 1st concession, 
Murray) upon which he lived and died, because of an excellent 
stream, abundantly fed by springs, which guaranteed an abundance 
of water with a fall that indicated power that could be speedily 
utilized by his mechanical ability. He did, at an early day, build 
a dam and construct a saw-mill ; bravely rebuilding, when his first 
plant, just completed, was swept away by a violent storm. Although 
a primitive affair, with no steel except the saw itself, it served the 
purpose of the sturdy pioneer and enabled him to carry on the 
lumber business, and to manufacture masts, for which he received 
as much as twenty pounds apiece. The flour mills of Mr. C. 0. 
Simpson stand upon the old saw mill site, at the present time. 
Although twice burned, the mill was each time rebuilt ; a quantity 


of lumber was logged down the Bay at a fair profit, and the water 
power was also used to grind grain for neighbors far distant from 
the grist mills then in the country. 

The settlers had but little live stock ; indeed, wild animals 
were far more abundant. The following traditions in the Young 
family give us an interesting picture of some happenings incident 
to pioneer life. 

One day Mr. Young's eight or ten yoke of cattle were pastur- 
ing in a field adjoining the house, and while the family were at 
dinner, it was learned that there was an unusual commotion among 
the oxen ; they were all bellowing and moving towards a central 
point. For a few moments the cause was unknown, but it soon 
developed that their objective point was a calf which was being 
carried off by a large black bear. A gun was procured as quickly 
as possible, but by this time the oxen had formed a circle around 
the bear and compelled him to release the calf, which did not 
appear to be any the worse for its hugging. In the confusion the 
bear slipped into the adjoining forest. 

It was about this time that one of the cows ceased, for weeks, 
to give a reasonable amount of milk at the evening milkings ; a 
mystery solved one evening by her returning home with a fawn 
at her side, to which she had evidently been acting the part of 
foster mother. 

Mr. and Mrs. Young were religious and educated people. 
Their children were carefully instructed by their mother in the 
rudiments of English education, and their home for years was the 
place chosen 'for the services occasionally held by the devoted mis- 
sionaries, who visited this region. The same conscience and intel- 
ligence was manifested by Stephen Young in political affairs. He 
contended for representative government, for separation of church 
and state, and for many of the reforms that followed the Rebellion 
of '37. So highly did he value political integrity, that upon one 
occasion he returned on foot from the polling place at Cobourg, 
rather than accept the hospitality of a neighbor, whom he suspected 
of selling his vote. 

He amassed a large estate, giving to each of his sons a fine 
farm, when he reached the age of twenty -one. 


He and his faithful wife died about the same time, and are 
resting side by side. 

William, the third son of Stephen and Lucy Young, joined 
the ranks of the pioneer Methodist preachers. The mission or 
circuit over which he travelled at various times, covered almost 
all the territory from Prescott on the East to what is now Bramp- 
ton on the West. During his early work he was one of the very 
few in the ministry who had been born and brought up in this 
province, and was therefore more inured to new-settlement hard- 
ships than were the majority of his equally zealous co-workers. 
He was quite at home in following an Indian trail, a settler's line 
of blazed trees, in paddling a birch bark canoe, or in fording a 

Ministerial duties, particularly during the early years of Mr. 
Young's itinerary, were very different from what they are at the 
present time. So great was the scarcity of ministers, that, in his 
regular work, he seldom preached to the same congregation oftener 
than once in four or six weeks. A charge or circuit, fifty miles 
from one extreme to the other, was not considered of unreasonable 
size. Churches were few, so that many of the services were held 
in one of the largest houses of each settlement. Nearly all of the 
older inhabitants were, or had formerly been, members of some 
evangelical church, and in consequence of their long isolation, 
gladly laid aside all doctrinal differences, and worshipped in unison, 
the common Saviour. 

Rev. Young was a lover of peace, but not of " peace at any 
price." Like all ministers of the Gospel he frequently prayed that 
the good Lord would hasten the time when swords would be 
beaten into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks. Never- 
theless, in 1866, he was wonderfully pleased to learn that five of 
his sons had presented themselves at the rallying point of the 
several military companies to which they belonged, and announced 
their readiness to be sent against the Fenians. 

, He died at Trenton, aged eighty-two, and was borne to his 
grave by his seven sons who had gathered from various parts, to 
receive another and a last blessing from their worthy sire. 

Of his children who attained maturity, Catherine Lucy Young 
married James Landerkin, a brother of the late Senator Landerkin. 


She and her husband lived for many years on the old Landerkin 
homestead, in the township of Tecurnseh, which is still in the 
possession of the family ; they are now enjoying a well earned rest 
in the village of Bradford. James Benjamin Young still remains 
near where his ancestors settled one hundred years ago. In his 
early manhood he attended Victoria College, taught school for 
several years, and was for some years engaged in mercantile and 
fruit business. He has frequently held important public positions 
in his native town. For the past fifteen years has been Clerk of 
the Division Court and agent for various financial institutions. 

Rev. Edgerton R. Young, is so well known as a missionary, 
author, lecturer and traveller, that it may be superfluous to dwell 
upon his career. After a very creditable course at the Normal 
School, Toronto, he taught school for a few years. He then 
entered the ministry of the Methodist Church, and, in accordance 
with the usage of that church, was stationed at various points. 
He was near Thorold at the time of the Fenian raid, and upon that 
memorable Sunday he neglected his preaching but put a bible in 
one pocket and a pistol in the other, and went to the front as 
quickly as possible. The fighting was about over when he arrived, 
but he assisted in rounding up some of the stragglers who were 
afterwards executed. He still has a rifle which one of the Fenians 
threw behind a fence in his flight. In 1867, while he was a 
pastor at Hamilton, the Church called for volunteers for missionary 
work in the North- West ; some for the new settlements then in 
their infancy, and others for the Indian work. Mr. Young, after 
consulting his newly married wife, offered to go for the Indian 
work. In the travelling party of missionaries to the North-West, 
was the well-known Rev. Dr. George Young, whose heroic endea- 
vors to save the life of Thomas Scott is well-known to every reader 
of Canadian history. 

Rev. Young's domicile was the Norway House, about four 
hundred miles distant from the nearest settlement. During ten 
years he traversed the country by canoe or dog train in every 
direction for hundreds of miles. His parishioners were principally 
of the Cree and Salteaux tribes. After the Red River Rebellion, it 
was learned that Reil and Lepine had counted upon the assis- 
tance of these tribes, and had sent emissaries among them to 


stir up disaffection. The loyalty of these children of the forest 
was considered unquestionable, but their visitors, with plausible 
stories of real and imaginary grievances, had produced a very 
wide-spread uneasiness amongst them. Mr. Young made it his 
business to collect together as many as possible of the chiefs and 
leading men of each band and explained the whole matter to them. 
His advice, coupled with that of those Indians who had embraced 
Christianity, induced hundreds of braves to refrain from the war- 
path. After the Rebellion, Lord Dufferin, then Governor-General 
of Canada, personally complimented and thanked Mr. Young for 
his assistance. He is a well known author, with publishers at 
Toronto, New York and London. 

Rev. William John Young, after attending Victoria University 
for some years and teaching school for a short time, entered the 
Methodist ministry. He has the reputation of being very suc- 
cessful in his various charges, and has frequently been elected to 
positions of honor in the Conference to which he belongs, such as 
Secretary of the Conference, Chairman of Districts, etc. He is at 
present stationed at Newtonville. 

Rev. Charles Stephen Young, like several of his brothers, for 
a time taught school, but subsequently became a Congregational 
minister. He is at present engaged in the ministry. George S. 
Young was for several years a commercial traveller. He went 
into mercantile business in the town of Brock ville, which he suc- 
cessfully continued for several years. He died in the prime of 
life, universally esteemed and respected. He had served for a 
number of years as Alderman. 

Henry Farley Young, spent about twenty years in farming 
and fruit raising. He was for several years a member of the 
township council of Murray, and also served as Reeve and Deputy 

Samuel S. Young, now a resident of Toronto, was for years a 
leading wholesale merchant of Newton. He was deservedly popu- 
lar and was repeatedly chosen to serve upon the Council and the 
Board of Education. Two of the finest buildings in Trenton recall 
to his former townsmen his public spirit and commercial success. 

Stephen Young, Jr., fifth son of the pioneer, Stephen 
Young, lived and died upon the farm, about two miles 


west of Trenton, which had been given to him by his father 
when a young man. Before the burdens of age affected him, 
he was a very active man, being instinctively progressive in 
all of his ideas. He was always ready to assist in any laudable 
undertaking that he thought would be beneficial to the community. 
He built the first brick house in Trenton, still in a good state of 
preservation. When Trenton, then an unincorporated village, was 
part of the township of Murray, he was in the township council 
for several years, and was reckoned an authority upon municipal 
matters. He was a ready speaker, and in political meetings held 
the attention of his audience, not only by the weight of his argu- 
ment, but often by his telling sarcasm and ready wit. 

Of his descendants, special mention should be made of his 
grandson, Stephen J. Young, B.A., Barrister, son of Benjamin 
Young. He has been a practicing barrister at Trenton for many 
years, and also United States Consul. He has been a member of 
the town council, and has occupied other important positions. He 
has always taken an active interest in the political questions of 
the day, and once unsuccessfully contested West Hastings, 
in the Liberal interest, for the Dominion Parliament. He has 
constantly in hand important business, which he has always con- 
ducted to the full satisfaction of his clients. Universally esteemed 
and respected, he adorns his profession and sheds lustre upon the 
community in which he lives. 



I. One dau. d. in inf. 

II. Matthias Young, m. Miss Squires ; set. Murray. Issue : 
(1) Loren, (2) Fanny, and (3) ano. 

III. Benjamin Young, d. aged 21. 

IV. Rev. William Young (b. 1808: d. 1890), m. 1st. Amanda 
Waldron and 2nd, Maria Parley. Issue: by 1st, (1) 
Catherine Lucy, (2) James Benjamin, (3) Elizabeth Victoria, 
(4) Rev. Edgerton Ryerson, (5) William W., and by 2nd, 


(6) William J., (7) Charles S., (8) George S., (9) Henry F., 
and (10) Samuel B. 

V. Stephen Young, Jr., m. Annabella J. Maybee ; set. Murray. 
Issue : (1) Benjamin W., (2) Mary A., (3) William A., and 
(4) Clarissa J. 

VI. Samuel Young. Issue : (1) Melissa, (2) Mary, (3) Anna, 

(4) Sarah, (5) Stephen, (6) Clara, and (7) Sheldon. 

VII. Reuben Young, m. Elizabeth Hendricks ; set. Murray. 
Issue : (1) Amanda, (2) Adelaide (3) Victoria, (4) Mary A., 

(5) Charles, (6) Martha, and (7) Wesley. 

VIII. James Young, d. aged 15. 

IX. Kev. Sheldon Young, m. Miss Hennesy; set. Belleville. 
Issue: (1) James A., (2) Amarilla, (3) William, (4) Sarah, 
(5) Anna, (6) Frank, (7) Victoria, (8) Mary, and (9) Baldwin. 

X. Henry Young, m. Sarah VanTassel ; set. Winnipeg. Issue : 
(1) Lewis and (2) a dau. 

XI. Sarah A. Young, m. Duncan McKenzie; set. Brighton. 
Issue: (1) Lucy, (2) William, (3) James L., (4) Mary A., 
(5) Nellie, (6) Belle. 

XII. Sidney Young, m. Epsoby VanTassel. 


See II. The Matthias Young Branch : 

(1) Loren Young, m. Anthusa Hawkins ; set Campbellford. 

Issue : (a) Mattie, m. Sidney Bee ; set. Hope. (Issue : 
Vera, Rose, Loren and Wilfred), (b) Oscar N, (c) Clarence, 
(d) Rose, m. 1st, Audley Welton, and 2nd, F. C. Reid ; 
set. Chicago. (Issue: By 1st, Ruth); (e) Lillian G., (/) 
William P., and (g) Fanny. 

(2) Fanny Young, m. Peter Begg ; set Trenton : Issue : (a) 
.Andrew, (b) William, and (c) Magnus. 

See IV. The Rev. William Young Branch : 

(1) Catherine Lucy Young, m. James Landerkin ; set. Brad- 
ford. Issue : (a) William J., m. Lottie Nevins . set. 
Northwest. (Issue : Ernest A., Lillian M., Annie E. and 
James C.), (b) Amanda E., m. John Kitely ; set. Bond 
Head. (Issue : John E., William E., James A., Herbert, 
Roy L. and George H.), (c) George H., m. Bessie Cunning- 


ham ; set. Bond Head, (d) Silas H., m. Pauline Stinson ; 
set. Bond Head, (Issue : James H.) and (e) Lillian V. 

(2) James Benjamin Young, m. Catherine McColl ; set. 
Trenton. Issue : (a) Ethel C., m. William R. Phillips ; 
set. Trenton. 

(3) Elizabeth Victoria Young. 

(4) Rev. Edgerton Ryerson Young, m. Elizabeth Binghain ; set. 

Bradford. Issue : (a) Rev. Edgerton Ryerson, B.A. ; (b) 
Clarissa M. L., m. Robert N. Helrn ; set. England. 
(Issue : Robert Edgerton, Wen and Florence G.), (c) Nellie 
E., (d) Florence M. F., (e) Grace A., m. Newton H. 
Brown ; set. Toronto. (Issue : Newton P. and Agnes 
E.), (/) Laura G. W., (g) William J., and (h) Eva. 

(5) William W. Young, d. y. 

(6) William J. Young, m. Emily McKim. Issue : (a) Rev. 

William, (b) Ernest, (c) Mary M., (d) Maria T. and (e) 
Emily A. M. 

(7) Charles S. Young, m. Emily Smith ; set. Bangor, Me. 

Issue : (a) Samuel and (6) Albert, m. Miss Smith ; set. 

(8) George S. Young, m. Clarissa White. Issue : (a) Elwood. 

(9) Henry F. Young, m. Emma Marsh ; set. Toronto. Issue : 

(a) James A., (b) Henry, (c) Frederick, (d) Edna and (e) 

(10) Samuel S. Young, m. Anna E. Ireland ; set. Toronto. 
Issue : (a) Neita. 

See V. The Stephen Young, Jr. Branch : 

(1) Benjamin Young, m. Catharine Weller ; set. California. 

Issue : (a) Stephen J., m. Mary J. Gill ; set. Trenton. 
(Issue : Winifred C., Alfred H. and Lucy C.) and (6) 
Alfred E., m. and set. United States. (Issue : James and 
Harry S.) 

(2) Mary A. Young. 

(3) William A. Young, m. Elizabeth Rigby ; set. Murray. 

Issue: (a) Stephen. 

See VII. The Reuben Young Branch : 

(1) Amanda Young, m. James Simpson, Jr. 


(2) Adelaide Young, m. Marmaduke Terrill ; set. Murray. 

Issue: (a) Rev. Allen J. 

(3) Victoria Young. 

(4) Mary A. Young. 

(5) Charles M. Young, m. Cassie Hall; set. Mountain View. 

Issue : (a) Harold, (6) Clarence, (c) Loren, (d) Florence, 
(e) Percy, (/) Gerald and (g) Leonard. 

(6) Martha Young. 

(7) Wesley Young, m. Florence Young; set. Trenton. Issue : 

(a) Walter, (6) Dorothy and (c) Vera. 


The family of " Talcote " was originally of Warwickshire, 
England. John, a descendant from the Warwickshire family, was 
living in Colchester, Essex Co., previous to 1558. In vol. 1137, 
page 148, of the " Harlean Manuscripts " preserved in the British 
Museum, containing the Heralds' Visitation of Essex Co. in 1558, 
are found the arms and pedigree of the Talcotts. In a subsequent 
visitation in 1634, found in vol. 1634, called "Visitations of Essex 
Co.," the arms and pedigree are the same, but the name is spelled 
" Talcott." The arms are : " Argent on a pale sable, three roses of the 
field, crest; a demi-griffin erased Argent gorged with a collar sable, 
charged with three roses of the first Motto : Virtus sola nobilitas" 
There has been much controversy among the descendants as to the 
correct way of spelling the name. In the body of the will of the 
first known ancestor it is spelled " Taylcot " and " Talcoat ; " it is 
signed " Taylcot." In the will of his wife it is written " Talcoat." 
In the will of his son John, of Braintree, it is written " Tailecot." 
In that of John, of Hartford, son of the latter, it is written and is 
signed " Tallcott," while Dorothy, his wife, signed hers " Talcott." 
John, the eldest son, made no will, but Samuel, his brother, who 
was educated at Harvard College, did so, and signed his name 
" Talcott." Governor Joseph Talcott, son of John, and Benjamin, 
son of Samuel, signed theirs " Talcott." On the English records at 
the Herald's College, London, the name is spelled " Talcot " as far 
back as 1558; and in 1634 "Talcott." 


The name is assumed to be derived from the Welch " Tal," 
high, and " cott," cot, cote, that is, a high cottage, or a cottage on 
a high place, i.e., cottage on hill, or it may have come from the 
Saxon "toll," a grove, and "cott;" cottage in a grove. John 
Talcott possessed real estate in Colchester and adjacent towns, 
which, with his personal property, he bequeathed at his death to 
his children and grandchildren. He was twice married, and had 
two sons by the first wife (who was a Wells), John and Robert, and 
also a daughter. His second wife was Mary Pullen, by whom he 
had two sons and four daughters. He died in 1606, according to 
an extract taken from the Registry of the Commissary Court of 
the Bishop of London, for the parts of Essex and Herts, in which 
record is found his will, which is stated to have been probated on 
the 12th of November, 1606 ; and the will itself it dated 24th of 
September of the same year. The contents of the will go to show 
that John Talcott, of Colchester, died a comparatively wealthy man, 
as the legacies mentioned are numerous, and the property 
bequeathed to all and sundry of the many who benefited by his 
bequests consisted of a great number of shops, farms market- 
gardens, and private residences, situated in the parishes of Col- 
chester, Holy Trinity, St. Giles' and St. Peters'. In addition to 
these, there were numerous annuities, to be paid out of funds 
established; and personal property, family plate, etc., the list of 
which in detail occupies about four pages in a quarto volume of the 
"Talcott Pedigree," published in 1876, and compiled by S. V. 
Talcott, of Albany, N.Y., a descendant of the above John Talcott. 

John Talcott, son of John Talcott of Colchester, settled in 
Braintree, about fourteen miles from Colchester, and predeceased 
his father, in 1604. He left a family of children, all minors, 
the eldest of whom, John, came to New England. Robert became 
an alderman and Justice of the Peace in Colchester. By his second 
wife he had two sons, Thomas and John, and four daughters. 
Thomas was rector of the churches of St. Mary and Mile End in 
Colchester, and chaplain to the Earl Marshall. John, living at the 
same period with his half-brother John, went to Spain and was a 
merchant in Madrid. From John of Braintree, the Talcotts in 
America are descended. The five daughters of John of Colchester 
married and lived in or near Colchester. John Talcott, of Braintree, 


married Annie Skinner, had a family of one son, John, and five 
daughters, younger, viz. : Rachael, Annie, Mary, Grace arid Sarah. 
The father died as before stated in 1604, and his will was regis- 
tered in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, and was copied in 
1849 by request, and since incorporated in the "Talcott Pedi- 
gree in England and America." 

In this interesting and quaintly spelt document, the fact is 
shown beyond a doubt that John Talcott, of Braintree, was not one 
to waste his patrimony in reckless extravagance or expenditure, as 
the bequests are numerous and bf considerable value, and consisting 
of property in the shape of land, houses, shops, cattle, plate, furniture, 
household movables and immovables, implements, glassware, etc. It 
is noticeable, however, that the law of entail was carefully followed, 
both by his father and himself, as the eldest son, and failing that, 
the eldest daughter, is entrusted with the landed property, while 
in the case of younger sons and daughters, they are provided with 
annuities and other personal possessions of the donor. It is worthy 
of mention that in all the wills of the Talcott family of that period, 
a substantial amount of money was invariably set aside for the 
use of the poor in their respective parishes. 

John Talcott, son of John of Braintree and Anne Skinner his 
wife, was born at Braintree, Essex Co., England, and married 
Dorothy, the daughter of Mark and Frances Gatter Motts, of 
Braintree, Essex Co., England, and had in that country three 
children : Mary, who married Rev. Jno. Russell; John who mar- 
ried 1st, Helena Wakeman and 2nd, Mary Cook ; and Samuel who 
married Hannah Holyoke. When John, son of John of Braintree, 
emigrated to America, he came to Boston, with others of the Rev, 
Mr. Hooker's Company, in the ship " Lion," which sailed from 
England June 22nd, 1632, and arrived on Sunday, September 
16th, 1632. No other family of the name ever emigrated to 
America, and all the Talcotts in the country are descendants of 
the above named John, who settled in Hartford, Connecticut. The 
company of the Rev. Mr. Hooker first settled in Newtown, now 
Cambridge, near Boston. John Talcott was admitted a freeman 
by the General Court at Boston, November 6th, 1632, and was one 


of the representatives of the General Court, together with Mr. 
Goodwin and Mr. Spencer, for Newtown, May 14th, 1634. At a 
general meeting of the whole town of Newtown held February 4th, 
1634, he and six others were chosen selectmen of Newtown, to 
manage the affairs of the town. He was the fifth largest proprie- 
tor of houses and lands in the town, out of eighty enumerated 
in the registry of 1634, "of those only who were considered 

The Rev. Mr. Hooker, joined his people in Newtown, and they, 
becoming dissatisfied with their location, after repeated efforts and 
much difficulty, obtained permission from the General Court to 
remove to the Connecticut River. John Talcott thereupon sold 
all his possessions in Newtown, and, with about one hundred others, 
set out for Hartford, in June, 1636, having sent over a carpenter 
the previous year to build him a house, which stood on the ground 
where the North Church now stands, and was the first house built 
in Hartford. John Talcott, and the others who left Newtown for 
the Connecticut River, journeyed thence on foot through the wild- 
erness, led by the Rev. Mr. Hooker, and founded the present city 
of Hartford. Mr. Talcott took an active part in the affairs 
of the town, was a member of the General Court for many 
years, and was styled " The Worshipful -Mr. John Talcott." He 
was one of the committee appointed in 1637, to take into consider- 
ation the propriety of a war with the Pequot Indians, and upon 
whose recommendation a war was accordingly declared. He was 
one of the chief magistrates of the Colony until his death, which 
occurred at his mansion at the head of Main St., Hartford, .in 
March, 1660. He left by his will his large landed and other 
property to his wife and two sons, John and Samewill, (his daugh- 
ter having previously died), besides valuable bequests to his 
grandchildren and others. He was buried in Hartford, and his 
name is inscribed upon the monument erected by the citizens of 
that place to the founders of the Colony of Connecticut. 

Dorothy Mott, widow of the Worshipful John Talcott, died 
in Hartford, Connecticut, ten years after her husband's decease ; and 
as there is no mention in either his will, or hers, of any property 
possessed by them in England, it is presumed that they disposed 
of it before they came to America, with the exception of their 


home in Braintree, which was sold through Mr. Mott, in 1644. 
But in the conversion of their English property to American uses, 
the results have borne fruits of increased value and accumulation 
in the New World, so that at the death of John Hartford, his pos- 
sessions had grown into a large and exceedingly valuable estate, 
the bulk of which was left to his two sons, John and Samewill, 
subject to the widow's life estate. John was born in England and 
came with his parents in 1632. He resided at Hartford; was made 
an ensign in 1650, a captain in 1660 ; was elected a magistrate for 
the colony of Connecticut in 1654, and treasurer to succeed his 
father in 1660, which office he held till 1676. He was one of the 
patentees named in the Charter of Charles I, granted to Connecti- 
cut in 1662. On the outbreak of the King Philip's War in 1676, 
he resigned his offices and was appointed to the command of the 
Army, with the rank of Major, and served all through the 
campaign with distinction and marked success. Early in the war 
he was promoted to the rank of Lieut. -Colonel, and at its termina- 
tion was granted seven hundred acres of land to be laid out in 
Hammonaset, (Killings worth). 

Lieut. -Colonel John Talcott died intestate in 1688, and Gover- 
nor Joseph Talcott, being the eldest son surviving, claimed by 
right of primogeniture, all the landed property, amounting to 
2,232. He settled in Hartford, and became the head of the family 
in that city. His first wife was Helena Wakeman, daughter of the 
Colonial Treasurer, and his second wife, Mary Cook. Governor Joseph 
Talcott was a son by the first marriage ; and Hezekiah, by the 
second. Hezekiah Talcott, who is the direct ancestor of the Prince 
Edward County pioneer, removed to Durham, Connecticut, and 
became a prominent citizen. He was born at Hartford, 1685, and 
was one of the original proprietors of the town of Durham, Con- 
necticut, whither he removed after 1706; although the name is 
extinct at the present time in Durham. He married Jemina 
Parsons of Durham, Connecticut. They had six children John, 
Jemima, Mary, Ann, Rachael and Ehoda. 

Their son, John, was the father of Elisha Talcott, who married 
Dolly Wetmore, and died at Leyden, N.Y., in 1807, leaving four 
children, namely : Sanger, Webster, Elmira and Sophira. Elisha's 


widow, shortly after his death, married Cornelius White and they 
migrated to Canada. Her son, Webster Talcott, married his step- 
sister, Elizabeth, the daughter of Cornelius White. 

This young couple died within a few years of their marriage, 
and within five months of each other, leaving one child, Elisha, an 
infant, who was reared by his grandparents. , Upon coming to 
manhood, Elisha W. Talcott married Sarah, daughter of Jonathan 
Noxon, a Friend minister, and settled near Bloomfield ; their des- 
cendants are shown in the table annexed. Their four sons, James 
Webster Talcott, Freeman Talcott, Jonathan Talcott and Philip 
Talcott are among the wealthiest and most influential citizens of 
Prince Edward County. They have not only been successful in 
conducting their own affairs, but have assisted the municipality by 
serving in the council and helping in various ways to build up 
the community in which they live. The families retain their 
hereditary membership in the society of Friends, and all of the 
Talcotts, so far as known, are members of the Liberal party. They 
have inter-married with many of the best families of Prince 
Edward County ; but there is no family in the Bay of Quinte 
district that ranks higher than this old English family of the 

J. Webster Talcott, grandson of the pioneer, has served both 
in the municipal council of Hallowell, and the county council. 
He was Reeve of the county for five years and has served as 
Deputy Reeve of the township. He married Anne E. Jackson, on 
her maternal side the great-grandaughter of Charles Townsend, 
and grandaughter of Henry Townsend. Her mother was Angeline 
B. Townsend, and belonged to the famous old pioneer Jackson 

Freeman Talcott, third child of Elisha Talcott, owns a large 
fruit and grain farm, three miles from Bloomfield, on the road 
to Wellington. He has been quite as active as his brothers in 
forwarding the best interests of the community. He has one son, 
who is the only male representative in his generation, bearing the 
name of Talcott, in the community. 

Philip Talcott, the youngest son of Elisha, owns and occupies 
the old homestead, which is now, with its modern buildings, fine 
orchard and maple woods, an ideal farm and home. He has never 


sought or accepted a public office. His wife was Delia, daughter 
of Stanley White, and great-granddaughter of Arran White, who 
was related to Cornelius White, so that these two old families are 
again united. 

Jonathan Talcott, another son of Elisha Talcott, represented 
the township of Hallowell, as councilman and reeve, and also has 
been a member of the county council. His wife Charlotte A. 
Carson was the daughter of Thomas A. Carson, of the old pioneer 
Carson family, whose history has been associated with the earliest 
history of Canada; and her mother, Clarissa Palen, belonged to the 
old pioneer Gilbert Palen family. 



I. Eunice Talcott, m. William Clark ; set. Bloomfield. Issue : 

(1) Webster T. 

II. James Webster Talcott, in. Annie E. Jackson ; set. Bloomfield. 
Issue : (1) Loretta. 

III. Freeman Talcott, m. Christina Johnson ; set. Bloomfield. 
Issue : (1) Gerald, (2) Lilly, (3) Everett, d. young, and (4) 
Ewart, d. young. 

IV. Lydia Maria Talcott, m. 1st, Amos Cooper and 2nd, Reuben 
I. Way ; set, Bloomfield. Issue : by 1st, Emert Cooper, set. 
Chicago, (2) Wilfred Cooper, M.D.; set. Detroit. Issue by 
2nd, (3) Harold Way. 

V. Jonathan Talcott, m. Charlotte Carson ; set. Bloomfield. No 

VI. Philip Talcott, m. Delia White; set. Bloomfield. Issue: (1) 
' Helen C. 

VII. Emily Talcott, in. John Barker; set. Bloomfield. Issue: (1) 
Perry and (2) Fred. 

See I. The Eunice Talcott Branch : 

(1) Webster T. Clark, m. Jennie VanBlaricom ; set. Hargrave. 

Issue : (a) Harold. 
See II. The James Webster Talcott Branch : 

(1) Loretta Talcott, m. Homer White ; set. Hallowell. 


The Canadian pioneers of this family were two brothers, 
Conrad and Caspar VanDusen, who accompanied Major Van 
Alstine's party after the Revolutionary War, and landed in Adol- 
phustown in 1784. 

Owing to the unremitting study and research of Mr. Albert 
H. VanDusen, who for twelve years taught in the Albany, N.Y., 
Boys' Academy, and for the last twenty-eight years has been an 
official in the Interior Department at Washington, D.C., a well 
authenticated historical account of the VanDusens on the American 
continent has been compiled. The descent of the family is traced 
from a certain Abraham Pietersen VanDeursen, who came at an 
early date from Haarlem, in the Netherlands, and settled at New 
Amsterdam. Born about the year 1605, he married, about 1628, 
Tryntje Melchoir Abrahams, and had six children, the eldest, Mat- 
theus Abrahamsen VanDeusen, being born about 1629. He was 
granted a lot at Beverwyk, Albany; but, in 1667, removed to 
Claverack, in Columbia county. Mattheus VanDeusen married, in 
1653, Helena Robberts, and had eleven children. The fourth child, 
and first son, was Robbert (Teuwis) VanDeusen, who, about 1689, 
married first Cornelia Martens VanBuren, a relative of Martin 
VanBuren, eighth President of the United States ; and second, 
about 1718, Geertruy VanBenthuysen. Robbert VanDeusen had 
five children, the youngest being Robbert Robertsen VanDeusen, 
who was baptized in 1700 and married in 1724. His wife was 
Christina Roorpagh (Roorbach), and she had nine children. The 
eldest, Robert, married,, in 1750, Christina Ham, and was the father 
of the Canadian pioneers. 

The VanDeusen progenitors in America were prominent among 
the Dutch pioneers who did so much to found and solidly lay the 
foundation of the Eastern United States. A sympathetic writer in 
the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record for 1899 says 
that : 

" The VanDeusens have always occupied an honorable position 
in this country, being one of its most prominently known Dutch 
families. Their strong characteristics of body and mind have been 
very evident in all branches and generations ; they have been very 


conservative ; they have intermarried with many prominent 
families ; they have had an especial fondness for accumulating 
large landed estates ; they have been very active in the founding 
and support of both the Dutch Reformed and the Episcopal 
Churches, and they were active during the Revolution." 

That the "VanDeusens" were all that is claimed for them is 
evident from the prominence they held among their fellow Dutch 
settlers. The American pioneer is stated in the New York 
colonial documents to have taken possession in 1636 of the Island 
of Quentensis, in front of Sloops' Bay, on behalf of the Dutch 
West India Company. In 1638 he was spoken of as the first 
miller in New Amsterdam, an important and lucrative position ; 
in 1641, he was chosen by the commonality as one of the Twelve 
Men empowered to resolve on all matters pertaining to the State 
with the Director General and Council ; and in 1643 he was one 
of the eight men who sent forward a memorial to the States 
General of Holland, praying that assistance be afforded the dis- 
tressed colony against the Indian outbreaks. These two bodies 
were the first assemblies on Manhattan Island. Abraham 
VanDusen is supposed to have had several other brothers, one of 
whom was called Hendrick VanDussenburg, and was master of the 
Masons in 1638 ; and another, Adrian Pietersen, of Aitzema, in the 
Netherlands, was a director of the Dutch West India Company. 

The name of the distinguished family has undergone many 
changes, and VanDusen, the one here used, has been adopted more 
because it is the generally accepted cognomen of the Canadian 
branches than from any desire to suggest that it is a correct ver- 
sion. The early Dutch settlers were not in the habit of using 
their surnames ; but, unlike many of the surnames of the old 
Dutch families in the New World, that of our American pioneer 
was the surname of his family in the Netherlands, and owed its 
derivation from the name of the village of Deursen, in North 

Conrad VanDusen, the older of the Canadian pioneer brothers, 
was born in 1751, and, in 1771, married Hannah Coon, of Dutchess 
county, who was born in 1753 and died in 1791 : by the union 
there were four children. He afterwards married Millicent Hover, 
nee Ferguson, widow of Jacob Hover. In a sworn declaration 

South Marysburg 


made by Conrad VanDusen at Montreal, and dated 1787, a brief 
account is given of his antecedents prior to corning into Canada. 
He stated he was a native of Dutchess county, and that when the 
war broke out he was living on a farm in Rensselaer Manor, leased 
" forever " from Colonel Rensselaer. He continued to live at home 
until, in February, 1777, he went to New York to try and effect the 
release of Captain McAlpine, of Colonel Fanning's regiment, whose 
life was in danger through being taken prisoner while recruiting 
for the British Army. The declaration further states that 
VanDusen enlisted in Fanning's regiment, in which he served 
throughout the whole war. Canniff, the historian, gives a different 
version : he writes that Conrad VanDusen was at the commence- 
ment of the war in business, as a tailor, in New York City, and 
that he served during the Revolution in Butler's Rangers. During 
the war, the account goes on to say, VanDusen was sometimes 
employed on secret service missions, and upon one occasion being 
caught was condemned to be hanged. When leaving the room in 
which he had been tried, he managed to convey a gold ring which 
was a keepsake from his wife, to a woman who was present, and 
whose earnest demeanour led him to believe her to be friendly. 
By some means he managed to escape, having concealed himself 
in a swamp ; and years after, at Cataraqui, he was surprised and 
rejoiced to receive the ring, from the woman into whose hands he 
had so adroitly placed it. 

Caspar VanDusen, the younger of the two brothers who came 
to Canada, was born in 1761, in Dover, a post village in Dover 
township, about twenty miles east of Poughkeepsie. In 1786 he 
married Hannah Mary, a daughter of John W. Shorts and 
Rosannah Monk, who were of Swiss origin. 

The VanDusen brothers were with Major VanAlstine's party 
that landed in Adolphustown in 1784; where they settled. 
Conrad and his children drew land, as loyalists, as did Caspar and 
his family, although what part the latter played in the Revolution 
is not stated ; but both their names are included in the list of 
troops and loyalists disbanded at Cataraqui in 1784. Conrad 
VanDusen drew lot sixteen on the Bay shore, where he kept a 
tavern until he removed to Marysburg, in 1814,. As Sergeant 
Conrad VanDusen, he received by Crown deed dated the 6th April, 


1797, the four hundred acres which comprised lot one on the north 
side of the Carrying Place, in the township of Hallowell. Two 
hundred of these acres he deeded, in 1805, to Abraham Barker, a son 
of the pioneer Barker. The rear two hundred acres were deeded 
to Henry C. VanDusen, who, in turn, deeded them to his son 
David, who handed them down to Jeremiah Terwillager, his son- 
in-law. Besides this property, Conrad VanDusen owned a lot in 
North Marysburg held by Crown deed dated 1802, which he sold, 
in 1819, to John Toby, who had married his daughter Hannah. 

Casper VanDusen drew the west half of lot thirteen, and the 
east half of lot fourteen, in the second concession of Adolphustown, 
and which extended back towards Hay Bay. He settled there 
until 1819, when he removed with his family into Sophiasburg, 
settling on lot eighteen, where he lived until his death, which 
occurred in 1838. Record of the history of these lots has been 
kept. The west half of lot thirteen, in Adolphustown, was deeded 
by the Crown, in 1801, to Caspar VanDusen, who deeded it, in 
1803, to Daniel Haight. This hundred acre lot was sold, in 1894, 
for four thousand six hundred and fifty dollars. The east half of 
lot fourteen first passed in 1797 from the Crown to Captain Abram 
May bee ; and then, in 1804, from the Crown to Caspar VanDusen, 
who, in 1809, disposed of it, to Daniel Haight, for one hundred 
pounds. Lot eighteen on the Sophiasburg High Shore, which 
comprised two hundred acres, was deeded, in 1803, by the Crown 
to Caspar VanDusen. Fifty acres, the north-east part, he sold in 
1838, to his youngest son, Peter J. M. VanDusen ; and the western 
portion, he left to his widow. One hundred and fifty acres of the 
whole lot were sold, in 1858, to Richard W. Handley. 

The VanDusen pioneers, in Canada, emulated the life of honor 
and prominence their forefathers enjoyed in the States. They 
were deeply interested in the religious life of their communities, 
and Conrad was the largest contributor to the building of the old 
Adolphustown church. The original deed of the land for the site 
of the church, written in the exquisite penmanship of Arra 
Ferguson, the conveyancer, is still in existence and in the posses- 
sion of the Allison family. Caspar VanDusen also was a contri- 
butor to the Adolphustown church. When he settled later in 
Sophiasburg he became a class leader in Conger's church, the oldest 


Methodist church now in use in the province. He lent valuable 
assistance, in work and donations, to the building of the old Conger 
meeting house ; among other items, record is kept of five-and-a-half 
days' work performed by Caspar VanDusen in June, 1809. The 
two brothers were among the early converts of William Losee to 
Methodism. It is related, in Playter's History of Methodism, that 
one of the first houses Dr. William Losee preached in was " the 
tavern of Conrad VanDusen, in Adolphustown, near the old court 
house." Another writer says that Conrad VanDusen, although a 
tavern keeper as well as a merchant, opened his house for the 
Gospel ; and when that Gospel had entered his heart, as well as his 
house, he deliberately took an axe and cut down his sign- 
posts. It is also narrated, by Dr. Green, how Caspar VanDusen, 
who was very ignorant of religious matters and phrases, when first 
converted, stood up to say grace at table, and commenced, " And 
now I lay me down to sleep !" 

The descendants of the pioneers have become well-known in 
the county of Prince Edward, and are to be found married into 
the best of its old pioneer families. The members of the family 
of Conrad VanDusen, sought alliances with the Washburn, Brown, 
Huff, Dingman, Carson, Roblin, Weeks, Greeley, and Minaker 
families, as will be seen from the appended genealogies of the 
Pioneers, Conrad and Caspar. The Rev. Conrad VanDusen, a 
namesake son of the Pioneer, was an author and a distinguished 
member of the Methodist Episcopal Conference, from 1829 until 
1874. One of his principal works was entitled " Practical 
Theology." He spent a large share of his life among the Ojibbe- 
way Indians, and drawing from his experience and knowledge of 
the tribal customs, wrote " The Indian Chief," using the nom -de- 
plume of Enemikeese, his Indian cognomen. He was a most 
persistent advocate of having Indian affairs administered by the 
local legislature, and not by the Indian Department. In this 
connection he sent Lord Bing, Superintendent-General of Indian 
affairs, for transmission to the Governor-General, Sir Edmund 
Head, a petition from the Chief's and Indians comprising the 
Ojibbeway Tribe, in Owen Sound country. The Rev. Conrad 
VanDusen was married in 1820, by Magistrate Samuel Borland, 


to Mary Roblin, a daughter of Owen, and a granddaughter of 
Stephen Roblin. 

Casper VanDusen's descendants are well married and are to be 
found largely in the townships of Sophiasburg and Hallowell. 
One, a grandson, Austin VanDusen, now lives a life of retirement 
at Green Point, after having enjoyed a very rich share of travel 
and adventure. While still quite young, he managed to make his 
way to New York, and thence to New Bedford, Mass., where some 
influence he commanded procured him a post on board the whaler, 
Euphrates, bound for Russia. As super-cargo, or ship's clerk, he 
was able to obtain an intelligent and interesting insight into all 
that was done and all the places visited ; but before returning to 
Canada he had experienced more adventures than even his 
most ardent wishes had desired. He visited thirteen different 
nationalities. He sailed round Cape Horn, across the Southern 
Pacific to Juan Fernandez (Robinson Crusoe's) island ; and 
thence to the Sandwich Isles. After narrowly escaping being 
burned, the Euphrates sailed into the Sea of Okotsk, when the 
young adventurer took advantage of an opportunity to travel into 
Corea, the scene of the Russo-Japanese War. One of his experi- 
ences was to stand on a whale's head as it swam in the ocean. 
The boat in which the super-cargo was standing, ready to launch 
his spear, upset, and he suddenly landed on the whale's head. 

Returning from his long whaling cruise, he sailed four years 
on a Hudson River line, and then returned to Prince Edward, 
where he married Phoebe Short, a granddaughter of Jacob Short. 
Austin VanDusen soon after relinquished all further idea of follow- 
ing the sea and engaged in the painting and decorating business, 
in which he proved most successful. Together with his wife he 
now leads a quiet, retired life on his farm at Green Point, where 
he is much respected and takes an active and intelligent interest in 
the welfare and progress of his native township. 

Another grandson of the pioneer, and brother of Austin 
VanDusen, is Albert H. VanDusen, who has been mentioned in the 
earlier part of this sketch as the historian of the VanDusen Family. 
He migrated to the United States in 1859 and settled on Long 
Island ; but when the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the 97th 
New York. He was promoted to a captaincy and was engaged 


in many battles, being wounded at Petersburg and taken prisoner 
during a raid in Virginia. Honourably discharged on the 30th 
June, 1865, he now holds an important post in the Department of 
the Interior, at Washington, D.C. 

Jacob R. VanDusen, youngest son and child of Conrad Van- 
Dusen, had several children. He settled at Tara, in the County of 
Bruce, where many of his descendants still reside. His eldest 
son, Whitford VanDusen, however, is a resident of Toronto, and is 
accounted one of the solid men and leading financiers of the Queen 

Whitford VanDusen received his early education at Picton, 
and when only sixteen was himself intrusted with a school then 
located near the site of the present gaol. He taught at Bongard's 
Corners, opposite the first landing place of the United Empire 
Loyalists at Adolphustown. After five years of teaching, this time 
in the County of Bruce, Mr. VanDusen entered mercantile life. 
He was engaged in business for twenty-five years ; during the first 
three years, being associated with Mr. John Tobey. During the 
next fifteen years he carried on a private banking business at Tara. 
Having sold this business to the Merchants Bank of Canada, Mr. 
VanDusen accepted the Presidency of the Sun and Hastings 
Savings and Loan Company and became a resident of Toronto. 
He has also served upon the directorate of other large and well- 
known corporations, including the " Dominion Life," the " Con- 
tinental Life," the " Equity Fire Insurance," and the " Dominion 
Linen Mills Companies;" and has been long identified with the 
skillful and prudent administration of many important financial 
interests that centre in Toronto. 

Owen VanDusen, a son of Conrad, and grandson of Conrad 
the Pioneer, settled in Owen Sound. In early life he studied the 
profession of law, and was called to the bar about 1840. He 
practiced in Owen Sound for many years, and adorned 
the profession. He served his articles in the offices of 
Sir Henry Smith, of Kingston. Subsequently he entered 
journalism and edited the "Comet," the leading Conservative 
paper north of Toronto, in its day. His son Charles F. 
VanDusen, resides on the High Shore, about one mile from 
Picton, and is successfully engaged in farming, cultivating an 


estate of more than two hundred and thirty acres. He is an 
active and zealous citizen, and takes a keen interest in all matters 
pertaining to the welfare of the town and county. 

Roswell VanDusen, thirteenth child of Conrad VanDusen, 
held two commissions as an Ensign ; one under the Rt. Hon. Sir 
Charles T. Metcalf, dated 1845 ; and the other under Lord Elgin, 
dated 1847. His son, George E. VanDusen, served with the 16th 
Battalion, during the Fenian Raid, and was promoted from 
Sergeant to Lieutenant and filled the office of Captain, pro tern. 
He holds two silver medals, with bars ; one for gallantry during 
the Fenian Raid, and the other a long service medal. He married 
Agnes R., daughter of Edwin N. Kingsley and granddaughter of 
Captain Nicholas Toler Kingsley, of the King's Life Guards. 
Mrs. VanDusen's immediate family included William R., 
Edwin, Lydia Pier, Sarah A., who married John W. Home and 
settled in New York ; Angeline V., who married Alger Huff; Mary, 
who married William H. Markland, and George, who died young. 



I. Catharine (Katrine) VanDusen, b. 1774 ; m. 1792 David 

Brown ; set. Adolphustown. Issue : (1) Robert, (2) John, 

(3) William, (4) Henry, (5) Nehemiah, (6) Hannah, (7) 
Amy, (8) Charles, (9) James W., (10) Susanna, (11) 
Mary, and (12) David. 

II. Henry C. VanDusen, b. 1786, m. 1st, Mary Huff, 1807, and 

2nd, Hannah Hortman, 1816; set. Marysburg. Issue: 
by 1st, (1) David B., and by 2nd, (2) Jacob H., and (3) 
Mary H. The father d. 1871, aged 85 years. 

III. Susannah VanDusen, b. 1782 ; died in infancy, and was 

buried at Kingston, N.Y. 

IV. Susannah VanDusen, b. 1789 ; m. John Dingman, 1812 ; set. 

Marysburg. Issue : (1) Henry, (2) John, (3) Hannah, 

(4) Conrad, (5) Jasper, (6) Mary, (7) Sarah A., and (8) 


V. Hannah VanDusen, m. John Tobey, of Madison County, N.Y. 

Issue : (1) Abigail, (2) Roswell, (3) Millicent, (4) Conrad, 
(5) George, (6) John, (7) Delia A., (8) David, (9) Lucinda 
C., and (10) James E. The mother d. 1850, aged 58 

VI. Rachel VanDusen, m. 1810, William Carson; set. N. Marys- 

burg. Issue : (1) Melison A., (2) William V., (3) Daniel, 
(4) Robert B., (5) George A., (6) Sarah J., (7) Mary E., 
(8) Lillias W., (9) John Ferguson, (10) Jacob J., (11) 
Charlotte A. The mother d. 1877, aged 84 years. See 
the William Carson Family. 

VII. Phoebe VanDusen, m. 1815, Thomas Carson; set. N. Marys- 

burg. Issue : (1) Martha, (2) Patience W., (3) Calvin 
W., (4) Silas, (5) Peter R., (6) Mary Maria, (7) Conrad, 
(8) Henry VanD., (9) Cynthia W., and (10) Thomas G. 
The mother d. 1843, aged 48 years. See the William 
Conrad Family. 

VIII. Sarah VanDusen, b. 1798, m. Jacob Roblin 1816; set. 

Sophiasburgh. Issue : (1) Nathan, (2) Stephen, (3) John 
W., (4) William H., (5) Jacob H., (6) Millicent A., (7) 
Daniel, (8) Elizabeth, (9) Sarah E., (10) Mary Maria, (11) 
Mary J., (12) Owen, (13) Conrad and (14) Edwin. See 
the Owen Roblin Family. The mother d. 1881, aged 83 

IX. Daniel VanDusen, b. 1800, m. Margaret, Johnson, 1825. 

Issue : (1) David, (d. young), (2) Daniel, d. 1826, aged 26 
yrs. His death was due to the amputation of a leg 
necessitated by a cut in the knee received while engaged 
in his trade as a carpenter. 

X. Conrad VanDusen, b. 1801, m. Mary Roblin, 1820. Issue : 

(1) Sarah E., (2) Owen, (3) David, (4) Rachel, (5) Alma 
and (6) Adelaide. The father d. 1878, aged 77 yrs ; the 
mother d. 1880, aged 81 yrs. 

XI. Arra H. VanDusen, b. 1804, m. 1827 Ann McGrath. Issue: 

(1) Daniel, (2) John, (3) Harriet E., (4) Millicent, (5) 
George, (6) Adelaide and (7) Alva S. The father d. 1890. 

XII. William VanDusen, b. 1806, m. 1st, Nancy Hartford, 1828, 

2nd, Sally Weeks and 3rd, Melinda Cooney ; set. Owen 


Sound. Issue : (1) Richard, (2). Colin and (3) Albert. 
The father d. 1873, aged 67 yrs. His 1st wife d. 1846. 

XIII. Roswell VanDusen, b. 1808, m. 1830, Phoebe Greeley, dau. 

of Jonathan Greeley, a relative of Horace Greeley, the 
distinguished journalist; set. Demorestville. Issue: (1) 
Whitford R., (2) Harriet M., (3) George E., (4) James W., 
(5) Alma, (6) William A., (7) Sarah E., (8) Charlotte A., 
(9) Phoebe M., (10) Hannah M., (11) Susannah B. and 
(12) William G. 

XIV. James Y, VanDusen, b. 1810; m. Isabella Minaker, 1831 ; 

set. Owen Sound. Issue: (1) Millicent A., (2) Lydia J., 
(3) Henry, (4) Abram S., (5) Conrad, (6) Jacob J.; and 
(7) Ernest. The father d. 1901 in his 92nd yr. at 
Princeton, 111. 

XV. Jacob R. VanDusen, b. 1813, m. 1837, Charlotte Beman, of 

Hartford, Conn.; set. Tara, Ont. Issue : (1) Whitford, 
(2) Elizabeth, (3) John H., (4) Elizabeth and (5) Heraldi 


See X. The Conrad VanDusen Branch : 

(1) Sarah E. VanDusen, b. 1820, in Adolphustown ; d. 1873. 

(2) Owen VanDusen, m. Mary A. Washburn ; set. Owen 

Sound. Issue : (a) Fred. VanDusen, m. 1st, Lena Ha'st- 

ings, and 2nd, Susie ; set. Seattle. Issue : By 

1st, Fred and Harry, and by 2nd, Walter; (b) Francis H., m. 
Frank Hartler ; set. United States. Issue : Edward and 
Francis ; (c) Charles F. VanDusen, m. Helen Jamieson ; 
set. Picton. No issue ; (d) George, unm. ; set. Guelph ; 
(e) Maude E., m. J, H. Jamieson ; set. Picton. No issue ; 
(/) Edith, m. Mr. Gooderman ; set. Klondyke. Issue: 
Maud and Washburn ; (g) Washburn, unm. ; set. Win- 

(3) David VanDusen, b. 1826 in Hallo well, graduate of Vic- 

toria College, journalist ; m. Susannah Eaton ; set. Owen 
Sound ; d. 1898. 

(4) Rachael VanDusen, b. 1832, in Monagan; m. 1854, James 

A. Campbell; d. 1868. 


(5) Alma VanDusen, graduate of Victoria College ; in. George 

A. Carson, M.D. ; set. Whitby. Issue : (a) Albert Carson, 
M.A., accidentally drowned. 

(6) Adelaide VanDusen, b. in Napanee ; d. 1843, aged 5 years- 

See XI. The Arra H. VanDusen Branch: 

(1) Daniel VanDusen, m. 1857, Harriet Hartford ; set. Picton. 

Issue : (a) Alma, (b) Mary, and (c) Walton. He d. 1881, 
aged 53 years. 

(2) John VanDusen, b. 1830 ; m. 1861, Eliza A. Clark, who 

d. 1894 ; set. Black River Bridge. Issue : (a) 
William, (6) Ida, (c) Albert, m. Miss Adams ; set. Picton. 
(Issue : Stanley), (d) Franklin, (e) John, and (/) 

(3) Harriet E. VanDusen, d. 1866, aged 32 years; m. 1855, 

William Welbanks ; set. Milford. See Welbanks 

(4) Millicent VanDusen, b. 1836 ; d. about 1843. 

(5) George VanDusen, b. 1838; m. 1862, Mary A. Wright; 

set. Cressy. Issue : (a) Donald, m. Rosella Solmes ; 

(b) Walter, (c) Annie, (d) Morland, (e), Clara, (/) 
Hattie, (g) Addie, (h) Bert, (i) Flossie, and (j ) Edith. 

(6) Adelaide VanDusen, b. 1844; unm. 

(7) Alva S. VanDusen, b. 1845 ; m. 1872, Amelia French of 

Belleville; d. 1888. No issue. He was commissioned a 
Major in Her Majesty's service. 

See XII. The William VanDusen Branch: 

(1) Richard VanDusen, b. 1834; m. 1855, Sophias J. Friar; 

set. Buffalo, N.Y. 

(2) Colin VanDusen, d. 1880, aged 47 years; m. 1854, Agnes 

Vallier. Issue : (a) Bernard, (b) Lillie, m. William 
Kellar ; set. Los Angeles ; (c) Donald J., m. Matilda 
Weichart ; and (d) Edith. 

(3) Albert VanDusen, b. 1841 ; in. 1st, 1862, Rhoda C. Stage, 

d. 1870, and 2nd, 1873, Helen Taylor, d. 1893; set. 
Rochester, N.Y. Issue : (a) Frederick, (b) Arthur, and 

(c) Louis. 


See XIII. The Roswell VanDusen Branch : 

(1) Whitford R. VanDusen, b. 1831 ; d. aged 2 yrs. 

(2) Harriet M. VanDusen, b. 1834 ; m. 1850, Samuel S. 

Trumpour ; set. Picton. 

(3) George E. VanDusen, b. 1836, m. 1857, Agnes R. Kings- 

ley ; set. Picton. Issue : (a) Ella VanDusen, m. George 
C. Kyle ; set. Picton. Issue : G. Arthur, Agnes G., J. 
Clarendon, Edgar L., Harold, Ralph and John M. ; (b) P. 
A. Blanche VanDusen, d. y. ; (c) Edgar T. VanDusen, m. 
Lilly S. Jones ; set. Trenton ; no issue ; (d) A. Gertu 
VanDusen, m. James C. Rogers, School Inspector ; set. 
Brooklyn, N.Y. Issue: Clarkson V. and Horace K.; (e) 
George M. VanDusen, d. y. ; (/) M. Ethelwynne Van- 
Dusen, unm. 

(4) James W. VanDusen, b. 1838 ; d. in infancy. 

(5) Alma VanDusen, b. 1839, m. 1861, Rev. Archelaus 

Doxsee. Issue : six. 

(6) William A. VanDusen, b. 1841 ; d. aged 7 yrs. 

(7) Sarah E. VanDusen, b. 1843, m. 1868, Thomas B. Hazard. 

Issue : six. 

(8) Charlotte A. VanDusen, d. 1874, aged 29 yrs. 

(9) Phoebe M. VanDusen, b. 1848, m. 1875, Maitland D. 

Wright. Issue : three. 

(10) Hannah M. VanDusen, b. 1851, m. 1895, Jacob Samuel. 

(11) Susannah B. VanDusen, b. 1853; rn. 1871, Henry D. 
Tobey. Issue : four. 

(12) William G. VanDusen, b. 1859, d. aged 4 yrs. 
See XV. The Jacob R. VanDusen Branch : 

(1) Whitford VanDusen, m. 1st, Mary A. Gardner, 2nd, Sarah 

Holcomb, and 3rd, Bessie Watrous ; set. Toronto. Issue : 
by 1st, (a) Catherine, m. S. D. Perry ; set. Toronto 
Junction ; no issue ; by 2nd, (b) Frank E., m. Edith 
Harding ; set. Parkdale. (Issue : Harold and Helen) ; 
(c) Clifford R., unm.; set. Toronto; (d) Loretta M., d. y. 
and (e) Whitford, unm. ; set. Toronto. 

(2) Elizabeth VanDusen, b. 1843, d. in infancy. 

(3) John H. VanDusen, m. Mary J. Glover ; set. Tara. Issue: 

(a) William E., (b) Maude and (c) Elbert. 


(4) Elizabeth VanDusen, m. R. E. Moore; set. Lion Head. 

Issue : (a) Whitford, (6) Frank and (c) Nettie. 

(5) Heraldi A. VanDusen, m. 1st Eva Shannon and 2nd, 

Maggie Ford; setTara. Issue: by 1st, (a) Jacob R., (b) 
Roy, (c) Lillian ; and by 2nd, a dau., d. in infancy. 


The name of Rose, is one with which Canadians are familiar. 
There are various families of the name distinguished in different 
ways in Ontario ; but there is none better known, or more highly 
esteemed than the family descended from Peter Rose, who settled 
in Prince Edward County in the early part of the last century. 

Peter Rose knew a time when it was hard to maintain com- 
munication with the outer world. Usually in the fall of the year 
he joined with neighbors, who were hardly near, but far apart, in 
chartering a small vessel, in which they would set sail from South 
Marysburg for Kingston, carrying with them the produce of their 
farms, which they bartered for clothes, boots, harness, etc. And 
sometimes when they were in sore need of shoes, but found it diffi- 
cult, or perhaps impossible to go so far, they rested content with 
some ill-tanned leather from the hide of an ox which their own 
hands had killed. 

The settlers were to a large extent deeply religious. The ex- 
pression is used advisedly ; not superficially, but in the core of their 
nature, they were religious, and none was more so than Peter Rose. 
Not wholly, perhaps, but in some very appreciable measure to their 
early training was it due, that the Rose family has taken a lead- 
ing position in the religious world. At the Pioneer's humble home, 
the travelling preacher, who had in these times to cover large 
tracts of country, was always sure of breathing the atmosphere 
congenial to his pious feelings; a hearty welcome greeted him, and 
a cheery God -speed sent him on his way rejoicing. 

Peter Rose was politically in unison with his neighbors, in 
cherishing a preference for British institutions, and (though as 
peaceably disposed as any member of the Society of Friends) as 
good a loyalist at heart as any among them. And this trait is 


quite as characteristic of his descendants, as are the religious 
tendencies which they so markedly inherit. A glance at the gene- 
alogy, will show with how many of these old loyalist families the 
descendants of the Pioneer have become related by marriage. The 
Pioneer himself, who married twice, had for his first wife, Winnifred 
Burns, and for his second, Christiana Bongard. And glancing 
down the long list of descendants, the following are some of the 
names which will be recognised as standing high, if the expression 
may be used, on the honor list. There are the Ackermans, the 
Minakers, the Welbanks, the Scotts, the Dulmages, the Whattams, 
. the Hudgins, the Bongards, etc., a galaxy of worthy and honored 

Of his eleven children nine sons and two daughters 
the second son, Samuel, who died in 1890, in his eighty-third 
year, made himself a name which the Methodists, especially of 
Canada, will not willingly let die. As the son of the pioneer, 
Peter Rose, the ordination of Samuel into the Methodist ministry 
was a matter of no little interest, and when in course of time, 
during which he had struck deep into the affections of the people, 
the honorary degree of doctor of divinity was conferred upon him, 
the Methodists of Prince Edward County, felt a reflected honor. 
This distinguished man had two sons who became at least equally 
distinguished. By his second wife, Mary Street, daughter of John 
and Susannah Boyce Street, there were born to him John E. and 
Samuel P. The first of these became the Hon. John Edward Rose. 
Born in 1844, he graduated at the age of twenty at the Victoria 
University, Cobourg, and passed on through the intermediate legal 
stages to his LL.D. in 1885. He was called to the Bar in 1867, 
was created a Q.C. in 1881, and was made Puisne Judge of the 
Common Pleas Division of the High Court of Justice of Ontario 
in 1883. He was also a Senator of Victoria University, and no 
better attestation of the high opinion of his legal knowledge could 
have been given than by his appointment in 1886, and again in 
1896, to be a commissioner for the revision of the statutes of 
Ontario. He married Kate, a daughter of D. McDonald, of 

Samuel P. Rose, the youngest son of the Rev. Samuel Rose, 
D.D., trod in the footsteps of his father, and shared with him the 


honors attaching to the name of Rose among Canadian Methodists. 
He had a threefold distinction in the denomination, for besides 
being appointed by the stationing committee to some of the most 
coveted pastorates in the Dominion, such as the St. James Meth- 
odist Church, Montreal, and the Dominion Methodist Church of 
Ottawa, he was for two years lecturer on apologetics in the Wes- 
leyan Theological College of Montreal, from which college he 
received his degree of D.D., and was further not undistinguished in 
literature, being well known at the Methodist Book Room, Toronto, 
and further afield, as a contributor to periodical magazines. He 
married Jennie Andrews, of Toronto. 

Samuel's first wife, Matilda A. Burdick, had one child, Amelia 
A., who was married to Francis -Byrne, well known at the Meth- 
odist Book Room, Toronto. 

The sixth son of the Pioneer was Frederick Rose, who is still 
living (1904) at the age of eighty-four. By his first wife, Rosalie 
Welbanks, he had seven children, of whom the third was George 
N. Rose, of Waupoos, who was nominated as the Reform candi- 
date for Prince Edward Co., at the Dominion election of 1904. 
He has been for several years a director of the Prince Edward 
Agricultural Society, and at the present writing is its President. 
He has also during the past five years been President of the Prince 
Edward County Farmer's Institute, and is President of the Bay of 
Quinte Mutual Fire Insurance Company. 



I. John Rose, m. Rebecca Ackerman ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 

(1) Mary A., (2) Miriam, (3) Samuel, (4) Edward, (5) John, 
(6) Alva E., (7) George, (8) Eliza J., (9) William, (10) Walter 
and (11) Amanda. The father d. 1853, aged 49 yrs; the 
mother d. 1878, aged 70 yrs. 

II. Rev. Samuel Rose, D.D., Methodist Minister; m. 1st, Matilda 
A. Burdick, dau. Rev. Caleb Burdick, and 2nd, Mary Street, 
dau. of John and Susannah Boyce Street ; set. Toronto. Issue : 


by 1st, (a) Amelia A.; by 2nd, (b) Sarah W., (c) Sarah M., 
(d) John E., (e) Mary S. and (/) Samuel F. The father d. 
1890, aged 83 yrs; the 2nd wife d. 1888, aged 77 yrs. 

III. James Rose, m. Phoebe Minaker ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) Elizabeth, (2) Peter, (3) Margaret, (4) Lydia, (5) Albert 
and (6) Lewis. 

IV. Conrad Rose, m. Lovinia B. Ellis ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) David, (2) Alonzo and (3) Emma. 

V. Peter Rose, m. Mary Minaker ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue: (1) 
Andrew, (2) Charles W., (3) Frances, (4) Philip, (5) Todd, (C) 
Edwin, (7) Florence and (8) Horatio N. 

VI. Mary Rose, m. 1st, Roswell Tobey and 2nd, John Williams ; 
set. N. Marysburg. Issue : by 1st, (l)Millicent, (2) Christiana, 
(3) Barbara, (4) Lucy A., (5) Henry D., (6) Hannah, (7) 
George G. and (8) Samuel A. 

VII. Frederick Rose, m. 1st Rosalie Welbanks, and 2nd, Sarah 
Hart; set. N. Marysburg. Issue: by 1st, (1) Mary, (2) 
Arsula, (3) George N., (4) Sarah, (5) Ellen, (6) Jane and (7) 
Bertha. The father still living (1904) aged 84 yrs; the 1st 
wife d. 1893, aged 71 yrs. 

VIII. Philip Rose, Methodist Minister; m. Christiana Dingman; 
set. finally Marmora. Issue: (1) Delia, (2) Hannah, (3) 
Caroline, (4) Clarissa, (5) Mary and (6) Sarah. 

IX. Winnifrith Rose, m. George McGuire ; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue : (1) Christiana, (2) Marcella, (3) Isabella, (4) Margaret, 
(5) Peter. (6) Mary J., (7) Edgar, (8) Phoebe, (9) Flora, and 
(10) Sarah. 

X. Jacob Rose, m. Sarah Shepherd ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) Jacob, (2) Susan, (3) William, (4) Tobias, (5) John, (6) 
Christina, (7) Catharine, and (8) Frederick. 

XL Robert Rose, unm. ; d. aged 39 yrs. 

See I. The John Rose Branch: 

(1) Mary A. Rose, m. Alva Scott ; set. Athol. Issue : (a) 

Edward, (b) Harvey, (c) Mary E., (d) Sarah, (e) Rebecca, 
(/) Guy, (g) Sinclair, (h) William, and (i) Beatrice. 

(2) Miriam Rose, m. Samuel Norton ; set. N. Marysburg. 


Issue: (a) John, (b) James, (c) Edward, (d) Nettie, 
(e) Benjamin, (/) Samuel, and (g) Annie. 

(3) Samuel Rose, m. Jane Scott ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 

(a) Edward, (b) Jennette, (c) Franklin, and (d) Annie. 

(4) Edward Rose, m. Esther A. Dulmage ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Mary A., and (b) John. 

(5) John Rose, m. Martia Scott ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 

(a) Arza, (b) Emma, (c) Edith, and (d) Amanda, 

(6) Alva Rose, m. Mary E. Whattam ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Thomas Rose, m. Madora Ostrander ; set. S. 
Marysburg. Issue : Stella M. and John M., (b) Nelson 
Rose, m. Jennie Clark ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 
Bessie, Gordon. Gertrude and Mary ; (c) Addie, Rose m, 
John Thompson ; set. High Shore. Issue : Stanley, 
Mildred, Harold and Viola ; (d) Maude Rose, m. Norman 
VanDusen ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : Ivy L., El wood 
and Elda ; (e) Janette Rose, m. Stephen Dulmage ; set. 
S. Marysburg. Issue: Ola M., (/) Eva Rose; m. Walter 
H. Ostrander. Issue : Rodman G. (dead), Addie I. and 
Eva Bernice. 

(7) George Rose, m. Mary Hudgin ; set. Picton. Issue : (a) 

Jennie Rose, m. Borland Dulmage. Issue : Percy, Clay- 
ton, Milton, Horace and Mary Bertha ; (b) Eldon 
Rose, m. Sarah Minaker; set. Carthage, N. Y.; (c) 
Patience Rose, deceased ; (d) Bertha Rose, m. J. C. 
Hughes ; set. Hallo well. Issue : Malcolm, Laura and John ; 
(e) Edward Rose, m. Elzina Hughes. Issue : Clinton ; 
(/) Clarence Rose, unm. 

(8) Eliza J. Rose, m. 1st, Gilbert Hudgin, and 2nd, Mr. Brown ; 

set. S. Marysburg. Issue : By 1st, (a) John, (b) Edward, 
(c) Nelson, (d) Addie, and by 2nd, (e) Jennie, and (/) 

(9) William Rose, m. Eliza Potter; set. S. Marysburg. Issue: 

(a) Effie and (b) Manford. 

(10) Walter Rose, m. Miss Brown ; set. S. Marysburg ; no issue. 

(11) Amanda Rose, m. Charles Hudgin; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue : (a) Harvey, (b) Amos, (c) Annie, (d) Rosamond. 


See II. The Rev. Samuel Rose Branch : 

(1) Amelia A. Rose, m. Francis Byrne; set. Toronto. Issue: 

(a) Sarah E., (6) Samuel A., (c) Mary L., (d) Jennie W., 
(e) Edward M., (/) Kate G. and (g) Arthur H. 

(2) Sarah W. Rose, d. 1842. (3) Sarah M. Rose. 

(4) John E. Rose, m. Kate, dau. of D. MacDonald, Esq.; set. 

Toronto. Issue : (a) Hugh E., (b) Winnifred K., and (c) 
Chrissie MacD. 

(5) Mary S. Rose, d. 1849. 

(6) Samuel P. Rose, Methodist Minister, m. Jennie Andrews. 

Issue : (a) Herbert, (b) Harold and (3) ano. 

See III. The James Rose Branch : 

(1) Elizabeth Rose, m. Lorenzo D. Harrison ; set. near Minden. 

Issue : (a) Edgar, (b) Victoria, (c) Winnifred, (d) Ella, 
(e) Rosabelle, (/) Mary, (g) Milton, (h) Harvey and (i) 
Gertrude M. 

(2) Peter Rose, m. Margaret Hill ; set. Picton. Issue : (a) 

Addie, (b) Byron, (c) Annie M., (d) John G., (e) Lorena 
M., (/) Joseph S. and (g) Dora E. 

(3) Margaret Rose, m. Jehiel Shepherd ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) John E., (b) Joseph N. and (c) Patience. 

(4) Lydia Rose, m. Robert Lighthall ; set. Hallo well. Issue : 

(a) Delbert and (b) James E. 

(5) Albert Rose, m. 1st, Mary Strawbridge, and 2nd, Sarah 

Storms; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : by 1st, (a) Harvey 
and (b) Annie. 

(6) Lewis Rose, m. Addie Welbanks ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Frank, (b) Howard, (c) Milton, (d) Blanche, (e) 
Vida and (/) an infant. 

See V. The Peter Rose Branch : 

(1) Dr. Andrew Rose, m. Almira D. Post; set. Toronto; no 


(2) Charles W. Rose, m. Emma Hicks ; set. Picton. Issue : 

(a) Milton, (b) Margaret and (c) Wilfred. 

(3) Frances Rose, m. George Shaver ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Mary G. W., (b) George E., and (c) Marcus E. 

North Marysburg 


(4) Philip Rose, m. Mary Mills ; set Bloomfield. 

(5) Todd Rose, d. unmarried. 

(6) Edwin Rose ; m. Margaret E. Manson ; set. California. 

(7) Florence Rose, m. John Grimmon ; set. Hallo well. 

(8) Horatio N. Rose, unm. ; set. Picton. 

See VI. The Mary Rose Branch : 

(1) Millcent Tobey, m. John Harrison ; set. N. Marysburg. 

(2) Christiana Tobey. m. William Hobson ; set. finally Picton. 

(3) Barbara Tobey, m. Richard Burley ; set. Big Island. 

(4) Lucy A. Tobey, m. Alexander Carr ; set. Picton. Issue : 

(a) Annie, m. H. A. Powers, merchant in Picton. 
Issue : Edwin A. 

(5) Henry D. Tobey, m. Susan VanDusen ; set. N. Marysburg. 

(6) Hannah Tobey, m. George Hobson ; set. S. Marysburg. 

(7) George G. Tobey, d. aged 17 yrs. 

(8) Samuel A. Tobey, m. Alice Pierson ; set. N. Marysburg. 

See VII. The Frederick Rose Branch : 

(1) Mary Rose, m. Levi Williams; set. N. Marysburg. 

(2) Arsula Rose, m. Galusha Eaton; set. N. Marysburg. Issue: 

(a) Frank and (6) Laura. 

(3) George N. Rose, m. Mary David ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Carrie, (6) Rodney, (c) Herbert, (d) Alice, and 
(e) Leah. 

(4) Sarah Rose, m. Frederick Rose ; set. N. Marysburg ; no 


(5) Ellen Rose, m. Capt. W. H. Solmes; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Fred, (6) Fanny and (c) Hattie (all unm.). 

(6) Jane Rose, m. Edward Plews ; set. N. Marysburg. 

(7) Bertha Rose, m. Haviland Hubbs ; set. Hallo well. 

See IX. The Winnifred Rose Branch : 

(1) Christina McGuire, m. David Hughes ; set. S. Marysburg. 

(2) Marcella McGuire, in. Alexander Ross ; set. near Picton. 

(3) Isabella McGuire, m. 1st, Alfred Harrison, and 2nd, Jerry 

Shaw ; set. near Tweed. 

(4) Margaret McGuire, m. J. B. Hughes, coal merchant; set. 


(5) Peter McGuire, m. Alida Collins ; set California. 


(6) Mary J. McGuire, n\ Amos Hudgin ; set. Hallowell. 

(7) Edgar McGuire, m. Eliza Williamson; set. Winnipeg. 

(8) Phoebe McGuire, m. Thomas Grant and d. ten weeks later. 

(9) Flora McGuire, m. Amos Hudgin ; set. Hallowell. 

(10) Sarah McGuire, m. Spencer Pierson ; set. S. Marysburg. 


The Noxon family is descended from Andrew Noxon, of Ayr- 
shire, Scotland. His son, James D. Noxon, married the daughter 
of Sir Samuel Pascoe, Governor of Jamaica. The young people, 
indeed, eloped from Jamaica to New York, and there took up their 
permanent abode. Their four sons all settled in Dutchess County. 
A descendant James, son of James and Mary Bentley Noxon, was 
the Canadian pioneer. Born in 1765, when twenty-three years of 
age he married Lanor DeLong and came to Canada with a number 
of other intending settlers. He was the leading spirit of the 
party, and was usually to be seen in the van of their fleet of 
batteaux. When the word was passed along that James Noxon 
was in the leading batteau the utmost confidence was placed in 
his guidance. He first settled on Hay Bay, but afterwards bought 
two hundred acres of land in Sophiasburgh. Of his children, 
Jonathan, Lanor and Dorland lived in what was known as 
Christian street, and which was about eight miles northwest of 
Bloomfield, and probably acquired its name through the fact that so 
many Friends lived there. 

Patience and determination (Scottish characteristics which 
James Noxon evinced through life) were powerful traits in his 
character. In early years he does not appear to have had very 
strong religious convictions, nor did he at that time unite with any 
religious body ; but after the death of his first wife and his mar- 
riage with Elizabeth Dorland, he asked to be, and was, admitted 
to membership in the Society of Friends. He remained a Friend 
for forty-five years, and became one of the Society's ministers. In 
1837 he visited meetings of the Friends in New York and other 
States, with much acceptability. Descendants have described him 
as a clever man of sterling ability. He was connected with the 


first church in Bloomtield, which stood on the site of the New 
Light Quaker meeting house. Joseph Leavens was minister, and 
was succeeded by Morty Outwaters ; later, came a travelling 
preacher, a Frenchman. He in turn was succeeded by James 
Noxon, a Friend who lived in Sophiasburg, near Fish Lake. He 
is described as a very clever man, who came regularly to Monthly 
and Quarterly meetings attired in knee breeches and a broad 
brimmed hat. 

James Noxon, the third child of the pioneer, was born in 
Sophiasburgh in 1797, and married Catherine Morden, a grand- 
daughter of Joseph Morden. About a year after his marriage he 
acquired two hundred acres of land in the 3rd concession of Hillier, 
and removed there. This portion of the country at that time was 
exceedingly new, and the home was reached over an ox path that 
they were compelled to clear with their axes. A log house was 
soon built, which was later succeeded by a frame one, and also a 
barn, the first of their kind to be erected in that locality. The 
barn, 30 by 50 feet, was framed and raised within three days, and 
without the use of liquor. In this connection, it may be stated 
that James Noxon was a natural mechanic, and of stern temperance 
principles. Of the family, his sister, Lanor, and his brother, 
Jonathan, preached the Friends religion. James Noxon attended 
a Friends meeting on Yonge street, and being suddenly taken ill, 
he died, and was buried in the Friends burial grounds at New- 

James Noxon died in 1842, aged seventy -eight years. Two 
of his grandsons, James and Samuel, were the founders of the 
Noxon Manufacturing Company, of Ingersoll. 

Mr. James Noxon, having parted with his interest in this 
business, was appointed by the Ontario Government, in 1892, as 
Inspector of Public Institutions, a position that he has filled for 
many years past to the entire satisfaction of the Government and 
the people. His son, William C. Noxon, is a broker, and carries 
on business and resides in Toronto. 

Samuel Noxon, upon retiring from business, took up his 
residence upon his farm near the picturesque village of Wellington, 
where he has a beautiful home on the Lake Shore. He is one of 
the leading citizens of Prince Edward County. 


Dr. Allan Noxon after receiving his degree, practiced at 
Elrnonte, then at Bloomfield, and later on at Picton. He came to 
Toronto in 1884, and has resided there ever since, having built up 
a large and lucrative practice. He enjoys the respect and confi- 
dence of a large circle of friends and acquaintances thoughout the 

James E. Noxon, son of Gilbert Noxon, went to California, 
by the Isthmus of Panama route, in 1863, and remained for some 
years in California and Nevada, making and losing large sums of 
money ; but, having recouped his losses by work in the gold fields 
and some investments at Virginia City, he returned to Canada and 
bought an interest in a business at Belleville. He soon returned 
to the Pacific coast, where he lost some money at Virginia City, 
but obtained employment at one hundred dollars per month, and 
board, and in about two years returned to Prince Edward County, 
and purchased the Jones homestead, having married Ellen Greer. 
He again visited Virginia City, and later speculated in real estate 
at Brandon, Portage la Prairie, and in lands at Selkirk. Of late 
'years he has been engaged at Wellington, in the meat and grocery 
business, but is always ready to embark in any legitimate enter- 
prise that offers a fair commercial profit. 



I. Maria Noxon, m. John Haight; set. Hillier. Issue : (1) 

Arnoldi, (2) James, (3) Henry, (4) Anthony and (5) Maria. 

II. Gilbert Noxon, drowned in childhood. 

III. James Noxon, m. Catharine Morden; set. Hillier. Issue: 
(1) Ann, (2) Gilbert, (3) Elizabeth, (4) Richard, (5) Lucretia, 
(6) Lanor and (7) Sarah. The father d. 1836, aged 39 yrs ; 
the mother 1845, aged 49 yrs. 

IV. Jonathan Noxon, m. Jemima Way ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Elizabeth, (2) Sarah, (3) Maria, (4) James, (5) 
Reuben, (6) Lydia, (7) Jonathan D., (8) Philip, and (9) Caleb. 
The father d. 1874, aged 75 yrs; the mother 1890, aged 88 


V. Samuel Noxon, m. Rhoda White; set. Hallowell. Issue: (1) 
Maria, (2) Angeliiie, (3) Cornelius, (4) Freeman, (5) James, 
(6) Samuel, (7) William, (8) Alfred, (9) Borland, (10) Allen, 
(11) Elmira, (12) Stephen, (13) Calvin and (14) Thomas H. 

VI. Lanor Noxon, m. 1st, Richard Morden, and 2nd, Joseph 
Hazard; set. Hillier. Issue : by 1st, (1) Lydia, (2) Jonathan, 
(3) Wilson, (4) Gilbert, (5) James B., (6) Catherine, (7) 
Elizabeth, (8) Susan, (9) Sarah, and (10) David. The mother 
d. 1898, aged 95 yrs. 

VII. Lydia Noxon, m. Peter Fox; set. Sophiasburg. Issue: (1) 
James, (2) Zilpha, (3) John, (4) Henry, (5) Elizabeth, (6) 
Borland and (7) Shadrach. 

VIII. Borland Noxon, m. 1st Susan M. Stephenson and 2nd, 
Emma Townsend ; set. Hillier. Issue : by 1st, (1) John S., 
(2) Susan E, and by 2nd, (3) James B., (4) Townsend W., (5) 
Marshall B., (6) Franklin F., (7) Benjamin C. and (8) Sarah E. 

IX. Isaac Noxon, m. Jennet Bemorest ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 
(1) Elizabeth A., (2) Isaac J., (3) Grant, (4) Bavis, (5) Bell, 
(6) Gertrude and (7) George R. 

X. Sarah Noxon, m. Caleb Stickney ; set. Pickering. Issue : 

(1) Elizabeth and (2) Bavid. 


See III. The James Noxon Branch : 

I. Ann Noxon, m. Selim Pettit ; set Hillier. Issue ; (a) 
Hiram, (b) James, (c) Miles, (d) Adelaide, (e) Emily, (/) 
Elizabeth A., (g) Celia, (h) Robert, (i) Sylvanus and (j) 
Anna L. 

(2) Gilbert Noxon, m. 1st, Susannah Jones, and 2nd, Mary J- 

Baker ; set. Hillier. Issue ; by 1st, (a) James E. m- 
Ellen Greer; set. Wellington. Issue Grace K., (m. 
George McBonald) ; Arthur G. and Gerald J., and by 2nd 
(b) Richard J. and (c) Gilbert H. 

(3) Elizabeth Noxon, d unm. 

(4) Richard Noxon, m. Melissa Garrett ; set. Wellington. 

Issue, (a) Talbert G., m. Nettie Searles ; set. Hillier 
(Issue ; Claude, Searl and Philip), and (b) Elva, m Philip 
Greer ; set. Hillier. No Issue. 


(5) Lucretia Noxon, m. Henry Palmer ; set. Hillier. No issue. 

(6) Lanor Noxon, unm. ; set, Bloornfield. 

(7) Sarah Noxon, m. Thomas Titus ; set. Hillier. Issue . (a) 

Samuel N., in. 1st, Susan P. Hyatt and 2nd, Florence M. 
Garrett ; (b) Annie E. d. y., and (c) Benjamin J., m. Ida 
J. Foster ; set. Belleville. 

See IV. The Jonathan Noxon Branch : 

(1) Elizabeth Noxon, m. Cornelius White; set. Bloomfield. 

Issue ; (a) Clarissa and (b) Jemima. 

(2) Sarah Noxon, m. Elisha W. Talcott. See the Talcott 


(3) Maria Noxon, unm. ; set. Bloomfield. 

(4) James Noxon, m. 1st, Carrie A. White, and 2nd, Susanna 

Hendrie ; set. Bloomfield. Issue : by 1st, (a) Emily J. 
and (b) Willet S. 

(5) Reuben Noxon, m. 1st, Mary J. Thomas, and 2nd, Abbie 

French ; set. Bloomfield. Issue : by 1st, (a) James E., 
(b) Elma A., and (c) Sarah E, 

(6) Lydia Noxon, m. Stewart Brown ; set. Bloomfield. Issue: 

(a) Ida C., (6) Emma, (c) Willet and (d) Bertha. 

(7) Jonathan D. Noxon, m. Phoebe J. Weeks ; set. Monroe 

County, N.Y.; no issue. 

(8) Philip Noxon, in. Catherine Armitage ; set. North Dakota. 

Issue : (a) Elwin I., (6) Jonathan, (c) Ella, (d) Marian, 
(e) Stephen J., and (f) Emma L. 

(9) Caleb Noxon, m. Alzina Tripp ; set. Bloomfield; no issue. 

See V. The Samuel Noxon Branch : 

(1) Maria Noxon, m. John Saylor ; set. Maine. Issue : (a) 

Freeman, (6) Herman, (c) Ashton, (d) Elgin, (e) Emily 
J., (/) Marshall and (g) Franklin. 

(2) Angelina Noxon, m. Henry Hubbs. 

(3) Cornelius Noxon, m. Phoebe Stinson ; set. Hallowell. 

Issue : (a) Florence, m. William Trumpour ; set. Chicago. 
(Issue : Norman ), and (b) Alice, m. Finley Morden ; set. 
Hallowell ; no issue. 


(4) Freeman Noxon, in. 1st, Jemima Brown, and 2nd, Sarah 
Brown ; set. Ingersoll. Issue : by 1st, (a) Wilbur R. S. 

(5) James Noxon, m. Margaret McDonald ; set. Toronto. 

Issue : (a) James, (b) Florence A., m. Dr. F. D. Canfield ; 
set. Ingersoll. (Issue : Margaret Grace), (c) William C., 
m. Georgina E. Furby ; set. Toronto. (Issue : George, 
Courtland T. and Kenneth Furby), (d) Nellie, (e) 
Margaret J., (/) Samuel H., (g) John E., d. y., and (h) 
Elmira, d. y. 

(6) Samuel Noxon, m. Matura J. Stinson ; set. Hallowell. 

Issue : (a) Josephine A., (b) Ada L., (c) Herbert S. and 
(d) Olive. 

(7) William Noxon, m. Armenta Brough ; set. Bloomfield ; no 


(8) Alfred Noxon, m. Amelia Carson ; set. Montana. Issue : 

(a) Evaline, m. Mr. Kirshaw. (Issue : 1 son). 

(9) Dorland Noxon, m. 1st, Emma Cunningham, and 2nd, 

Emily Morden ; set. Toronto. Issue : by 2nd, (a) 
Richard Standen, (b) Alfred Tennyson, (c) Allan Dorland 
and (d) Edna Augusta. 

(10) Allen Noxon, M.D., m. 1st, Esther J. Mitcheson, and 2nd, 
Victoria Fralick, nee Wilson ; set. Toronto. Issue : by 
1st, (a) 1 son d. in inf., and by 2nd, (b) Lottie G., m. 
Neil McClean. (Issue : twin infants, d. y.), and (c) 
Nellie Gladys. 

(11) Elmira Noxon, m. Dougal Dingman ; set. Pieton. Issue: 
(a) Ashton and (b) Helen. 

(12) Stephen Noxon, m. Jessie Wilson; set. Ingersoll. Issue: 
(a) Louisa, d. y. and (b) Marian, unm. 

(13) Calvin Noxon, d. unm. 

(14) Thomas H. Noxon, m. Ida A. Bull ; set. California. 
Issue : (a) Herbert L., m. Gertrude Barrett, (Issue : 
1 dau.). 

See VIII. The Dorland Noxon Branch : 

(1) John S. Noxon, m. Miss Walters; set. Wellington. No 


(2) Susan E. Noxon, m. Willet Hazard ; set. Passadena, Cal. 

Issue : (a) Mary M. and (b) Lydia Ella. 


(3) James .D. Noxon, m. Mary J. Hubbs ; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue : (a) Mary J., (b) Annie, and (c) Alfred. 

(4) Townsend W. Noxon, m. and set. St. Louis. No issue. 

(5) Marshall B. Noxon, m. Zenana Doolittle ; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue : (a) Stephen. 

(6) Franklin F. Noxon, unm. ; set. Colorado. 

(7) Benjamin C. Noxon, m. Laura Pearsoll ; set. Colorado. 

Issue : (a) Garland, (b) May M., (c) Clifford, and (d) 

(8) Sarah E. Noxon, m. Arnold Foster ; set. Hallowell. 

See IX. The Isaac Noxon Branch : 

(1) Isaac J. Noxon, m. Ruth Huntley ; set. Steuben Co., N.Y. 

Issue : (a) Dora, (b) Edith, (c) James and (d) Mills. 

(2) Elizabeth A. Noxon, m. John D. Lambert. 

(3) Grant Noxon, m. Phelana Peterson ; set. Toronto. Issue : 

(a) Maud and (b) Clewes. 

(4) Bell Noxon, m. Mr. Bradley ; set. New York State. 

(5) Gertrude Noxon, m. George E. Fraser ; set. Picton. Issue : 

(a) Walter, (b) Jennie, (c) I. Frith, and (d) George. 

(6) Davis Noxon, m. Eva Rockwell ; set. Duluth. Issue : (a) 

Eva, and (b) Isaac. 

(7) George R. Noxon, m. Dell Towner ; set. U.S. Issue : 

(a) Cecil and (b) James I. 


Hugh Garrett, the father of the two brothers Garrett, who 
became the Prince Edward County pioneers, came from Belfast, 
Ireland, and settled in Dutchess County, New York. Isaac Garrett 
preceded his brother Benjamin to Canada by a few years, and it is 
probable that he came in response to one of the proclamations of 
Lieut. -Governor Simcoe about 1795 or 1796. 

He bought four hundred acres of land, paying for it at the 
rate of twenty-five cents per acre, on the shore of Lake Ontario, 


near where the village of Wellington now stands. There was then 
only one settler on the shore of the lake, the famous hunter and 
trapper, Daniel Reynolds, who had purchased six hundred acres, 
and reared a substantial dwelling in the same neighborhood. 
Isaac had made a clearing and commenced building a house 
on the very spot where the home of John Garrett, his grand- 
son, now stands, when he was obliged to return to his family 
in New York State, entrusting its completion to a man who may 
have come over with him. But Isaac's difficulties had only com- 
menced, with his return to the United States, for the house had 
only attained the height of three logs from the ground, when the 
man whom Isaac had left in charge was taken ill ; and when he 
returned with his wife and six children, it was to find the house 
hardly at all advanced from ,the state in which he had left it, and 
a large tree had fallen across it. In the meantime, how- 
ever, a settler named Aaron White had planted himself in the 
neighborhood. He was a man who, though possessed of a very 
large family, had contented himself to begin with, by the erection 
of a very small cabin ; but possessing at least a large heart, White 
took in the Garrett 's, until such time as their own house could be 
put in a condition to receive them. The difficulty of the situation 
was further increased at this time by the birth of a seventh son 
into the Garrett family. When Benjamin Garrett came he settled 
on land lying between that of the pioneer, Reynolds, and his 
brother Isaac. Reynolds had been " monarch of all he surveyed " 
for several years, and when the Garretts came, humorously said 
that he would have to move out, for the pasture range on either 
side of him was being cut off and he feared his cattle would starve ! 
The Garretts were for some time unable to grow wheat; and their 
staff of life consisted of rye bread, a staple food which seems to 
have palled on the taste of the family, especially of the children. 
At this time salmon were so abundant in the lake, that fishermen 
could stand on the beach and spear them. One night, 
Reynolds, the hunter, held the pine-knot torch while Garrett* 
speared, and so great was their luck that, notwithstanding that 
there was at the time only one other settler in the neighborhood, 
Reynolds told Garrett not to mention that the fish were so abundant, 
lest others should wish to share their good fortune. 


The following is a well -authenticated statement of a " catch " 
which was doubtless a record breaker at the time when white- 
fish were plentiful in the lake. It occurred on an evening 
in July, 1857, when, as was the custom when a seine was 
to be hauled, men for miles around were gathered on the 
beach at Wellington. The owner of the seine, J. Rickerson 
Trumpour, had marshalled his men and the nets were in 
constant use until dawn, by which time forty thousand white- 
fish had been taken; the largest haul ever known to have been 
made at this particular place. W. H. Garrett, the grandson of 
Isaac, assisted on this memorable occasion, by taking out a boat 
and holding up the cork line of the seine, over which, the net 
being full, the fish were escaping. His share was to be all the fish 
he wanted; and he filled his boat to the number of about seven 

The Garrett brothers married sisters. Isaac married Sarah 
Carman, and Benjamin married Margaret Carman, for his second 
wife, but of this second marriage there was no issue. 

Beatrice Garrett, deceased daughter of Richard and great- 
granddaughter of Isaac the Pioneer, married Peter Ferguson, who 
at present resides in Belleville. Mr. Ferguson's father, Donald, 
who was born in Scotland, married Helen McNichol. He came to 
Canada with his family in 1868, and began farming in Haliburton. 
Donald lived but a few years after reaching his new home. His 
children were Annie S. and Peter. The former married Wm. 
Menzies and settled in North Carolina, and had a family consisting 
of : William, Sarah, Helen, Kenneth, Charles, Edward, and Annie. 
Peter Ferguson began his business career at the early age of nine- 
teen years by entering the service of the Canadian Land and 
Emigration Company. Here he remained for six and one-half 
years, when he started for himself as a general merchant at Wood- 
ville, Ont. In 1878 he went to the Canadian North- West, where 
he carried on a general store, and later engaged in farming, which 
occupation he still continues, though not actively. He is the 
owner of two large farms in the North- West and a fine residence 
in Belleville, where a portion of his time each year is spent with 
his family. 





I. Richard Garrett, m. Mollie Garrett ; set. United States. 

II. Galeb Garrett, m. Dorcas Carman ; set. Wellington, Issue : 

(I) Lydia, (2) Townsend, (3) Thomas, (4) Diana, (5) Rachael, 
(6) William, (7) John, (8) Adam H., (9) Angelina, (10) Lanor, 

(II) Olive, (12) Richard and (13) Caleb F. The father d, 1878. 

III. Mott Garrett, m. Phoebe Carman ; set. Genessee Co., N.Y. 
Issue; (1) Isaac, (2) Dr. William, (3) Esther, (4) Rebecca, and 
others. The father d. 1889. 

IV. Isaac Garrett, m. Esther Carman ; set. Michigan. Issue : (1) 
Jacob, (2) Caleb, (3) Gulielma, (4) Lorian, (5) Patience, (6) 
Minerva and (7) Esther. The father d. 1880, aged 98 yrs. 

V. Thomas Garrett, m. Elizabeth Barker ; set. Wellington. Issue: 
(1) Mary A., (2) Eliza, (3) Susan, (4) Wilson, (5) Trueman, 
(6) James, (7) Lydia and (8) Phoebe. 

VI. Adam Garrett, d. in childhood. 

VII. William Garrett, m. Patience Bull ; set. Wellington. Issue: 
(1) Andrew, (2) Stephen, (3) Priscilla, (4) Sarah, (5) John, 
(6) Amos, (7) Phoebe J., (8) William H. and (9) Ralph. The 
father d. 1886, aged 89 yrs ; the mother 1882, aged 82 yrs. 

VIII. Charles Garrett, m. Phila Haight ; set. Lowell, Mass. 
Issue : (1) Charles, (2) Sayers, (both d. unm.); (3) Fannie and 

(4) Esther. The father d. 1856. 

IX. Phoebe Garrett, m. Stephen Bowerman ; set. Bloomfield. 
Issue ; (1) Charles, (2) Emerson, (3) Milton, (4) Thomas H., 

(5) Sarah A. and (6) Zulema. The father d. 1886, aged 70 
yrs.; the mother 1886, aged 87 yrs. 

X. Mary Garrett, m. Michael Tinny ; set. Wellington. Issue : 
(1) Charles, (2) Isaac, (3) Ann and (4) Sarah. The mother 
d. 1874. 

See II. The Caleb Garrett Branch: 

(1) Townsend Garrett, m. Hannah Osterhout; set. Murray. 

(2) Thomas Garrett, m. Hester Osterhout ; set. Murray. 


(3) William Garrett, m. Elizabeth Brundige ; set. Wellington. 

(4) Adam H. Garrett, m. Abigail Leavens ; set. Wellington. 

(5) John Garrett, m. Rhoda Haight; set. Wellington. No 


(6) Richard Garrett, m. Mary J. Hubbs; set. Belleville. 
Issue : (a) Wallace Garrett. m. Nancy Bryant ; set. 
Assa., (b) Robert Garrett, married Mary Adams : set. 
Ottawa. No Issue. (c) Ellwood Garrett, m. Lizzie 
Oliver : set. Winnipeg. Issue : Roy. (d) Beatrice Garrett, 
deceased, m. Peter Ferguson : set. Belleville. Issue : 
Helen M. (m. Sydney Campbell : set. Carte, Phillipine 
Islands. Issue, Alice B.); Arthur S. (unm. ; set. Assa.); 
Ethel G., Nina, Kenneth S., Sarah A. and Anne B. 

(7) Caleb Garrett, m. (1st) Maria Moines and (2nd) Elizabeth 

Winters: set. Bloomfield. Issue by 1st: (a) Florence, 
(b) Georgiana, (c) Fred., (d) Gertrude 

(8) Annie Garrett, d. unmarried. 

(9) Lydia Garrett, m. Laurence Goodmurphy : set. Hallo well. 

(10) Rachel Garrett, m. Joseph Bryant ; set. Murray. 

(11) Olive Garrett, m. John Cardinall ; set. Hillier. 

(12) Lanor Garrett, m. Donald Beith ; set. Wellington. No 

(13) Angeline Garrett, m. (1st) Anthony Haight and (2nd) 
Ichabod Bowerman ; set. Wellington. 



I. Joseph Garrett, m. Lydia Clark ; set. Hillier. Issue : (1) 

Jonathan, (2) Hetty, (3) Sarah, (4) Susan, (5) Phila, (6) 
Ruth, (7) Robert and (8) Philip. 

II. Isaac Garrett, m. Lucretia Ferguson ; set. Hillier. Issue : (1) 
Edwin, (2) Almira, (3) Lydia, (4) Adam, (5) Palmer, (6) 
John Y. (7) Townsend, (8) Roxy and (9) Adeline. 

III. Adam Garrett, m. Hannah Pettingell ; set. Hillier. Issue : 
(1) Benjamin, (2) Margaret and (3) Henrietta. 


IV. Townsend Garrett, in. Sarah Bowerman ; set. Hillier. Issue : 
(1) Adeline, (2) Freeman, (3) Almira, (4) Melissa, (5) Amanda, 
(6) Jane, (7) Matura, (8) Patience and (9) Edna. 

V. Sarah Garrett, m. Jacob Terry-; set. Wellington. Issue : (1) 
Townsend, (2) Robert and (3) Stephen. 

VI. Phila Garrett, in. Robert Hubbs; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 
Margaret, (2) Grimmon, (3) Benjamin, (4) Abraham, (5) 
Jane, (6) Charles, (7) Phoebe, (8) Lydia and (9) Susan. 

VII. Polly Garrett, m. Lodevick Knapp ; set. Consecon Lake. 
Issue : (1) Margaret, (2) Joseph, (3) Benjamin and (4) Phila. 

See I. The Joseph Ga.rrett Branch : 

(1) Jonathan Garrett, m. Eliza A. German ; set. Picton. 

(2) Hetty Garrett, m. Abraham German ; set. Brighton. 

(3) Sarah Garrett, m. Allen McTaggart ; set. Belleville. 

(4) Susan Garrett, m. George German ; set. Wellington. 

(5) Phila Garrett, m. (1st) William Osterhout, (2nd) William 

Clapp, and (3rd) Rev. S. S. Phelp ; set. Wellington ; no 

(6) Ruth Garrett, m. William Osterhout ; set. Murray. 

(7) Robert Garrett, m. (1st) Jane Palen, and (3rd) 
Catharine Markey ; set. New Orleans. 

(8) Philip Garrett, m. Eleanor' Huyck; set. Wellington. 

Issue : (a) Dr. Alton Garrett, m. Mima M. Fletcher ; set. 
Toronto. Issue Philip C. 


The Farleys are of English descent. Sometime in the first 
half of the eighteenth century three brothers of this old English 
family, being imbued with the spirit of commercialism which had 
been awakened by the development of colonial trade in America, 
formed a syndicate among themselves for the purpose of more 
expeditiously engaging in business. At least, if they were not 
acting together, they were certainly in a position to do so to the 
great advantage of each, for when first introduced to us we find 


one a merchant in Liverpool, another a merchant in New York, 
and the third the owner of a merchantman engaging in the trans- 
portation of freight between American and European ports. The 
New York merchant was known as Colonel W. Farley, and, there- 
fore, it is inferred that he had previously been connected with the 
army ; but his history, like that of many other prominent colonists, 
has been swallowed up by the disturbing events of the war of the 
Revolution. He married the sister of Chief Justice John Jay, who 
framed the treaty between England and the United States. It is 
owing to this fact that " Jay " appears so frequently in the family, 
as a Christian name. 

James Farley, the Sidney pioneer, must have been a mere lad 
when his father, Colonel Farley, died, for he was adopted into a 
Quaker family. While yet at his father's home, the nurse took 
him out one day to witness a military parade, and in his excitement 
the child was separated from the nurse. General Washington, 
perceiving his danger, caught him up and carried him to a 
place of safety. He was intended by his father for the army, but 
fate decreed otherwise. His adopted father taught him the trade 
of a tailor, and when he came of age presented him with a horse 
and bridle and saddle, a suit of clothes and $25 in cash. Thus 
equipped, he and a companion started for Lower Canada. Losing 
their way in the forest, they came upon a small French settlement, 
where they were unable to make themselves understood ; but a 
French settler, who perceived they were English, guided them to 
the house of a Frenchman whose wife was English. She provi- 
sioned and sent them on a day's journey with her husband's team 
towards Kingston. From Kingston young Farley went up the 
Bay and took up land in the first concession of Sidney. That was 
in 1799. In January, 1806, he married Deborah, the only 
daughter of Captain Borland, a prominent U. E. Loyalist who 
came to the Bay with Major VanAlstine's party in 1784. As 
Farley came into the settlement a poor and unknown boy, he must 
have possessed very commendable traits of character to have 
won the hand of Deborah Dorland. He lived to be ninety years 
old, dying in 1868, and survived his- wife by forty years. 

His descendants are numerous and prominent in Belleville 
and Sidney as professional men and successful farmers. A 


grandson, Thomas M. Farley, who was born on the old 
Farley homestead in 1858, owns a hundred acres in the second 
concession of Sydney. He was educated at the Belleville and 
Newburg High Schools, and is all that is implied in the term " a 
good citizen." He is a Liberal in politics and a Methodist in 

Another grandson of the Pioneer, and son of James Jay Farley, 
is Lieut. -Colonel Alfred A. Farley, of the Royal Canadian Artillery, 
stationed at Quebec. His son by his first wife is James Jay B. 
Farley, a Captain in the North Staffordshire Regiment now (1904) 
stationed in India. Captain Farley is a graduate of the Kingston 
Royal Military College who has seen plenty of active service. He 
served under General Kitchener in his Nile Campaign ; did duty 
at Cyprus ; and was with General French's division operating in 
Natal and the Transvaal during the recent Boer War. When in 
Egypt, he bore the distinction of being the champion rifle shot and 
swordsman among the British officers serving there. 

With one exception, the physician, senior in the practice of his 
profession at Belleville, is Dr. John Jay Farley, grandson of the pioneer, 
James Farley. After being educated at Albert College when Bishop 
Carmen was its principal, and receiving his degreeof M.D.from McGill 
University in 1873, young Farley continued his prof essional studies 
in the Old Country. For eighteen months he attended St. Thomas' 
Hospital, London, part of the time as member of its medical staff, 
and in 1874 received his diploma as a member of the Royal College 
of Surgeons of England. Returning to Canada, he began what 
has since grown into his extensive and long time practice in Belle- 
ville. He is one of those rare men who devote the whole of their 
interest to their profession. With the exception of one month, 
which he annually spends on either the Atlantic or Pacific Coast, 
he is entirely at the service of his patients, careful at all times 
(even when out for a round of golf or a visit to the theatre) to let 
nothing interfere with his calls. Dr. Farley has had a long con- 
nection with the Canadian Militia; he was gazetted Assistant 
Surgeon in 1875, and Surgeon Major to the 49th Battalion 
Hastings Rifles in 1885, and has been awarded the long service 
medal. For over twenty years he has held the position of surgeon 
of the Belleville gaol and is Coroner for the county of Hastings. He 


is prominent in Masonic circles, and has held the highest positions at 
the disposal of local lodges. He enjoys clean, healthy sport ; goes 
North to shoot each year, rides for exercise, and plays golf enthusi- 
astically. A Presbyterian, he is a manager of St. Andrew's Church, 
Belleville. Unlike his Farley forbears, he does not now take an 
active part in political affairs. At a time when it was hard to get 
good men to contest seats in the Reform interest, his father, James 
Jay Farley on several occasions stood for West Hastings ; his 
brother, Willet C. Farley, being unexpectedly nominated and 
though he had barely three weeks' time in which to. prepare for 
the election, was only defeated by seventy-five votes. 

The medical profession has found devotees among the members 
of this family. Frank Jones Farley, a son of William W. Farley and 
great-grandson of the pioneer, is also a doctor. After graduating in 
medicine from Queen's University, and receiving his diploma from 
the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Edinburgh, Dr. 
Farley settled in Trenton, where he has since acquired a large 
practice. Among the many historical family relics he possesses, 
may be mentioned the sword used by his great-grandfather Worden 
at the Battle of Queenston Heights. He also has the Royal Arch 
Masonic apron brought by that ancestor to Canada in 1814. 



I. Thomas D. Farley, b. 1807, d. 1875, m. Emeline E. Stickney, 

b. 1815, d. 1896 ; set. Sidney. Issue : (1) David S., (2) John 
S., (3) Deborah D., (4) Charles M., (5) Samuel R., (6) James 
M. and (7) Thomas M. 

II. James Jay Farley, b. 1812, d. 1891, m. Maria Werden, b. 
1820, d. 1894; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) William W., (2) 
Willet C., (3) Alfred A., (4) John J., (5) Dorland, (6) Helen 
and (7) Aurilia. 

III. Samuel D. Farley, m. M. E. Jones; set. Sidney; no issue. 

IV. John S. Farley! 


V. Peter D. Farley, m. 1st, Eliza Canniff and 2nd, M. Anderson: 
set. Ogden, Iowa. Issue by 1st, (1) Albert (killed in 
American Civil War), (2) Wallace (a banker at Ogden, Iowa) 
and by 2nd (3) Ella, (4) Peter and (5) Letta. 

VI. Ella Farley m. Philip Clark; set. Bloomfield. Issue: (1) 
James, (2) Sarah M., (3) Deborah, (4) Almira, (5) Amelia, 
(6) Emily, (7) Isabella and (8) Lydia. 

VII. Sarah M. Farley, m. 1st Willet W. Casey and 2nd Mr. Keller. 

VIII. Tabitha Farley, d. 1903 ; m. J. W. Yeornans ; set. Toronto. 
Issue : (1) Thomas A., (2) Willet C., (3) Samuel F., (4) 
Henry, (5) Gertrude, (6) Sarah and (7) Mary. 

IX. Deborah A. Farley, m. L. Huyck ; set. Adolphustown ; no 

X. Mary E. Farley, m. L. Anderson ; set. Ameliasburg. Issue : 
(1) James, (2) Alfred, (3) Jay, (4) Amelia and (5) Dora. 

See 1. The Thomas D. Farley Branch 

(1) David S. Farley, m. Eliza L. Taylor; set. Chicago. Issue: 

(a) Edith M., (b) Edna B. and (c) Ethel C. 

(2) John S. Farley, m. Susanna Shore : set. Pitkin, Col. 

Issue : (a) Addie and (b) Maud. 

(3) Deborah D. Farley, m. R. W. McMullen ; set. Sidney. 
Issue : (a) Ernest ; set. Maple Creek, Assa. and (b) Elma, 

(4) Charles M. Farley, m. Annie Ketcheson : set. Belleville : no 


(5) Samuel R. Farley, m. Sylva McMullen; set. Belleville. 

Issue : (a) Harry. 

(6) James M. Farley, m. Frances Way ; set. Sidney. Issue : 

(a) Edna W., unm. 

(7) Thomas M. Farley, m. Nettie Knight, dau. of Samuel P. 

Knight ; set. Sidney. Issue : (a) Roy and (b) Walter 
(died in childhood). 

See II. The James J. Farley Branch. 

(I) William W. Farley, m. Jane A. Jones; set. Murray. 
Issue : (a) Frank Jones Farley, M.D., m. Ethel Porte ; 
set. Trenton. Issue,: John W. (6) Werden Jay Farley, 


unm. (c) Helen M. Farley, m. Walter Jewett ; set. New 
York ; no issue, (d) Mabel L. Farley, and (e) Hazel 
Farley, unm. 

(2) Willet C. Farley, m. Helen Roblin ; set. Thurlow. Issue ; 

(a) Philip Jay and (b) Willet Casey. 

(3) Alfred A. Farley, Lieut.-CoL, m. 1st, C. N. Bleeker and 

2nd, Margaret Peck ; set. Quebec. Issue by 1st ; (a) 
James J. B., Captain North Staffordshire Regiment. 

(4) John Jay Farley, M.D. m. Elizabeth, dau. of late Thomas 

Peck, of Montreal ; set. Belleville ; no issue. 

(5) Dorland Farley, m. Mattie Farnham ; set. Canniffton. 

Issue : (a) John Jay. 

(6) Helen Farley, d. in childhood. 

(7) Aurillia Farley, m. Nathaniel Vermilyea ; set. Thurlow. 

Issue (a) Harold. (6) Arthur and (c) Clarence. 


Owing to the fact that since 1900 George Oscar Alcorn has 
been representative for Prince Edward county in the Dominion 
House of Commons, and that he previously held prominent rank in 
the county as a barrister, the name of his family is a familiar one 
among the residents of the Bay of Quinte district. He is the 
descendant of landed gentry, who in the 16th century, were pro- 
prietors in the English counties of Sussex and Kent. Reference is 
made to the family, and a description is given of its arms, on page 
96 of a work entitled Genealogies and Pedigrees of the Families 
of the county of Sussex, which was written by William Barrie, 
and published in London in 1830, and which is now in the 
library of the Dominion Parliament. An author's note in the work 
states that the Manor of Alchorne lies at Rotherfield, in the county 
of Sussex ; and that the ancient arms of the family are engraven 
in the walls of the parish church. G, O. Alcorn possesses a copy 
of his family's coat-of-arms, the crest of which is a heart, sur- 
mounted by a coronet and supported by a pair of upspread wings. 

Younger branches of this old English family found their way 
into Scotland, where there is a legend concerning them still to be 


found. The fortunes of still more recent descendants led them to 
the north of Ireland, whence the immediate forbears of G. 0. 
Alcorn emigrated to Canada. His grandfather's residence in 
County Down was John Wesley's headquarters in Ulster. In some 
of the works on old English surnames it is stated that this grand- 
father, Samuel Alcorn, was the first member of his family to 
abbreviate its name. He was a gentleman of landed property, 
respected for his religious tendencies, and his family became 
connected with the Church of England. 

After the manner of younger scions of old houses, Thomas 
Coke Alcorn, son of Samuel and father of George Oscar, chose a 
profession, adopting medicine. Subsequent to being articled for 
seven years to John Woods, surgeon and apothecary in Ireland, he 
entered the University of Glasgow, from which academic institu- 
tion he received his Doctorate, on the 25th day of April, 1832. 
His son still holds the Articles of Indenture, and the Diploma con- 
ferring his degree. It is a quaint old document written in, Latin, 
and when translated reads : " The Senate of the University of 
Glasgow. Greeting to the reader. Whereas the very accomplished 
man, Thomas Coke Alcorn, after he had given excellent attention to 
the Medical Art, has sought Academic honors from us and has 
shown himself well prepared, having come forward to furnish 
proof of himself in medical matters, we have had him examined in 
all medicine. Whereas in this examination he has shown to us 
abundantly a wonderful erudition and skill in and knowledge of 
healing, combined with an equal modesty, we have voted that the 
said Thomas Coke Alcorn is to be made and called a Doctor of 
Medicine ; and with these letters we call him Doctor and we wish 
him to be so called and considered among all persons. We give to 
him the fullest permission of reading about the medical art, and 
teaching, of consulting and writing and disputing, of ascending to 
the Doctorial chair ; finally, all medical theories and practical 
operations are to be practiced everywhere on earth, and at the 
same time we grant him all the honors, and rights, and priviledges, 
which anywhere in the world are granted, or are wont to be 
granted to a Doctor of Medicine ; as a pledge of this we have sub- 
scribed our names to these writings, confirmed with the common 
seal of the academy." 


Notwithstanding that the Senate of the University of Glasgow 
conferred the right on Dr. Alcorn to practice practical operations 
everywhere on earth, he received a license to practice medicine in 
Lower Canada in 1848, granted by the Earl of Elgin and Kincar- 
dine. Dr. Alcorn was practicing at Lennox ville, Quebec, when he 
married Martha Bartlett, who was of English descent. Later he 
moved to Compton, where he died at the early age of 43 years. 
Of his family of six, four died in infancy ; the survivors being 
George Oscar, who represents the county of Prince Edward in the 
House of Commons; and William Gilson, who settled in the 
western states of America. G. 0. Alcorn, who was born in 1850, 
when a mere child went to live with his uncle, Samuel Alcorn, of 
Toronto, whose only child was the wife of Senator John MacDonald. 
Educated at the Toronto Grammar and Model Grammar Schools, 
and by private tuition, he began the study of law under Robert 
Moore, continuing it under the firm of Morphy, Sullivan and 
Fenton, and later with Cameron and McMichael. He went to 
Belleville in 1870, to take charge of the Chancery business of the 
late Hon. Lewis Wallbridge, ex-Speaker of the House of Commons 
and ex-Solicitor General of Canada. In May, 1871, he was called 
to the Bar ; in the fall of the same year he began his practice at 

Mr. Alcorn married Sarah J. Leavens in 1872. She is of U- 
E. L. descent, and a daughter of Henry O. Leavens, whose ancestors 
were among the first ^and oldest settlers at the mouth of the Moira 
river, and who was at one time an extensive owner of that pro- 
perty on which a large part of the city of Belleville now stands. 
The issue of this marriage are : Frederick C., settled in the North 
West Territories ; Anna M.; and Harold L., in the Bank of Montreal, 
at Montreal. 

Moving to Picton in 1878, Mr. Alcorn entered into part- 
nership with the late W. H. R. Allison, K.C., who was a Judge of 
the Maritime Court until the law creating the office was repealed. 
He subsequently went into a six years' partnership with Edward 
M. Young, Esq., of Picton; but since then has been practicing alone. 
He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1890. After serving on 
the town council, and having been a deputy-reeve for Picton, Mr. 
Alcorn entered upon his political career. Nominated Conservative 


candidate in 1899, he was elected to the ninth Parliament of 
Canada in 1900, defeating the former member, the present Post- 
master of Picton. He was re-elected at the general elections of 
1904. In his legal capacity, George Oscar Alcorn is an active 
participant in the work of the House of Commons, under the lead- 
ership of R. L. Borden, K.C., the leader of the Opposition. 


The subject of this sketch is descended from the pioneer mis- 
sionary, Rev. Timothy Allen, a native of Massachusetts, who 
emigrated to Ontario and settled at Hay Bay, shortly after the 
close of the Revolutionary War. His wife's maiden name was 
Lewis, and she was born in Catskill, New York. He belonged to 
the Methodist Church, and became widely known and highly 
respected all through the Bay of Quinte district, and contributed 
in no small degree to the remarkable spread of- Methodism in Upper 
Canada. They had nine children, to wit, John, James, Lewis, 
Wesley, Robert, Jacob, Hiram L, Margaret and Esther. Rev. Hiram 
I. Allen, is also a minister of the gospel and at present resides at 

His son, Mr. George H. Allen, the General Inspector of the 
Standard Life Assurance Company, was born at Odessa, Ontario, 
August 20th, 1867 ; but he has always been identified with 
Trenton, having received his education at the Trenton High School 
here, and at Albert College, Belleville. His father, Rev. H. I. 
Allen, is a Methodist minister, and, held charges in that 
vicinity, and is Grand Councillor of the Order of Chosen Friends. 

George H. Allen joined the staff of the Standard Life 
Assurance Company, when only seventeen years of age. Three 
years later, he was appointed inspector for the Midland District, 
with headquarters at Peterborough. In 1890, he was appointed 
inspector for Eastern Ontario, with headquarte rs at Kingston. In 
1893, he was elected an alderman in the "Limestone City," and 
was re-elected at the four consecutive municipal elections. His 
removal to Trenton prevented him from further representing the 
people of that city. He was nominated for the municipal council 


of Trenton, but his business engagements caused him to decline the 
honor. In 1901, he was appointed general inspector of his Com- 
pany for Quebec, the Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland, with 
headquarters at Montreal; and in 1904, was appointed Chief 
Inspector for Canada. George H. Allen married on October 23rd, 
1889, Helen, daughter of Uriah Knox. They have the following 
children, Anita, Gladys and Vera K. 


A prominent pioneer Mason and United Empire Loyalist was 
Simeon Ashley. Official records show that he was a prominent 
man in the Bay of Quinte region, as early as 1819, having been 
chosen to represent the Belleville Lodge at the Masonic conven- 
tions at Kingston in that and the following year. He was an 
active, intelligent man and for years carried on the hotel business 
at Foxboro. By his wife, Mary Nash, he has a large family, as 
will be seen by the genealogical table annexed. 

His son, Hiram, by his wife, Phoebe Anne Mott, had a son, 
Chauncey, who was senior warden of the Masonic Lodge at 
Belleville, seventy-five years, to the the day, from the time in 
which his grandfather had served in a similar capacity. Born in 
1864, Chauncey Ashley spent his younger years on the farm, but 
removed to Belleville, and for fifteen years last past, he has suc- 
cessfully carried on the insurance business. He also is authorized 
by the government to issue marriage licenses. He is still a 
member of the Masonic Lodge, Royal Chapter, and is Past Master, 
Moira Lodge, and, as has already been noted, served as a Senior 
Warden, seventy -five years from the time in which the Pioneer 
had acted in that capacity. He is also a member of the Chosen 
Friends. He is a Liberal in politics and has served as a 
member of the city council. Mr. Ashley married Sarah Elizabeth 
Graham; he resides with his wife and three children, Phoebe 
Kathleen, Harry Kenneth and Mabel Helen, in Belleville. They 
attend the Church of England. 



I. Simeon Ashley, in. Lavinia Scriber ; set. Huntingdon. Issue: 

(1) Washburn, (2) John William, (3) Simeon, (4) George, 
(5) David, (6) Matilda, (7) Catharine, (8) Anne and 
(9) Sabra. 

II. William Ashley, m. Amelia Lake ; set. Thurlow. Issue : 

(1) Charles, (2) Ruth, (3) Lorena and (4) Egbert. 

III. Melissa Ashley, m. Dr. John K. Fairfield. 

IV. Matilda Ashley, m. 1st John Hilton, 2nd Cyrus Loucks 
and 3rd Josiah Markham. Issue by 1st: (1) John Hilton, 

(2) Simeon Hilton and (3) Alexander Hilton ; and by 2nd, 
(4) Harford Loucks. 

V. Mary Ashley, m. Renjamin Reid ; set. Thurlow. Issue : 
(1) Melissa, (2) Ida, (3) Artimesia, (4) Catharine, (5) Irene 
and (6) Phoebe. 

VI. Chauncey Ashley, d. unm. 

VII. Margaret Ashley, m. Mr. Fraser ; set. Joliet, 111. 

VIII. Catharine Ashley, m, John R. Sills ; set. Huntingdon. 
Issue: (1) Chauncey, (2) Nelson and (3) Harford. 

IX. James Ashley, d. unin. 

X. Annie Ashley, m. W. H. Ross; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) 
Leslie, (2) Algernon, (3) Alva, (4) Alfretta), (5) William 
Clement, and (6) Jennie. 

XI. Hiram Ashley, m. 1st, Phoebe Ann Mott, and 2nd, Mary 
Agnes Maclndoe. Issue by 1st: (1) Chauncey, (2) Wel- 
lington, (3) Bidwell, (4) Esther A., and by 2nd, (5) Leslie 
Harford and (6) Lucy Irene. 

XII. Harriet Ashley, m. John Mott; set. Thurlow. Issue: 
(1) Frances, (2) Ashley, (3) Myrtle and (4) Nettie. 

XIII. Harford Ashley, m. Sabra Vande water; set. Foxboro. 
Issue: (1) Bessie, and (2) Lottie. 

XIV. Esther Ashley, m. Henry Y. Canniff; set. Belleville. No 

XV. Cynthia Ashley, m. Albert Loucks; set. Thurlow. Issue: 
(1) Lillie. 


See XI. Hiram Ashley Branch 

(1) Chauncey Ashley, m. Sarah Elizabeth Graham. Issue: 

(a) Phoebe Kathleen, (6) Harry Kenneth and (c) Mabel 

(2) Wellington Ashley, in. Florence M. Weese ; set. Lindsay. 

(3) Bidwell Ashley (deceased). 

(4) Esther Awilda Ashley, unm.; set. Rochester. 

(5) Leslie Harford Ashley, unm.: set Lindsay. 

(6) Lucy Irene Ashley : set Foxboro. 


The Arthurs are Irish. Matthew Arthur was born near 
Omagh in the county of Tyrone. He married the daughter of a 
neighbouring farmer of the name of Me Williams, and had a large 
family. The two eldest sons, Hugh and George, emigrated to 
Canada, where Hugh bought and settled on a farm in the Stinson 
block in Hillier township, and George eventually moved from 
Hillier and settled in Murray. These two pioneers were gratified 
with their measures of success and their prospects for the future ; 
they perceived the advantages to be gained by living in Canada 
and foresaw the rich development that awaited the colony. Their 
letters to the old folks at home were cheering and inspiring, and very 
different from those which their father was receiving from his two 
sisters in the Carolinas, who suffered sad misfortunes ; one almost 
dying from ague, and the other losing a child through fever. The 
superior inducements offered by Canada as a field for colonization 
were readily accepted by a family as inured to the idea of emigra- 
tion as were the Arthurs. 

Descendants of the family retain in their possession two 
letters written by Matthew Arthur, father, to his sons in Canada. 
They were dated in the years 1824 and 1825, and are sealed with 
a wafer and addressed in the old style : " To Hugh Arthur, of 
Hallo well, County of Prince Edward, Upper Canada. Packet 3, 
N. 29-1, N. 8-5.4.5.", the postage for one letter was three shillings 
and four pence, or eighty cents. In the first he speaks of coining 


out the following spring ; in the second, he writes detailing his 
final arrangements and laying injunctions upon his eldest sons. 
He says he had sold all his land and mentions the gold he purposes 
taking with him. He incidentally mentions that he sent his sons 
five letters in all, and informs them that Nelly Mills and her son 
and daughter will accompany his family and himself. But he 
seems to have had a presentment of an early death, for he adds : 
"I will write when I get to Quebec, but if I should never reach 
that length, I hope you will prove kind to your mother and little 
brothers and sisters." He died on the voyage. 

The widow with her family made her way alon^ the St. 
Lawerice river into Prince Edward county, where she found her 
sons, Hugh and George, settled in Hillier. As her husband's last 
words of advice to her were to invest in land in Canada, she 
bought farms for her children in Hillier and that district. Until 
she died, she lived with her daughter, Anne, who married Robert 
Byers. Three nephews followed her to Canada : George and 
James Me Williams, settled respectively, in Grey and Bruce 
counties ; John Me Williams, the third nephew, settled in Amelias- 
burgh. His daughter, Mary Eliza, married John Dempsey, a son 
of Peter, and great-grandson of Thomas Dempsey. As a proof of 
the industry of old Mrs. Arthur, it may be mentioned that when 
she died at an advanced age she left twenty-six pairs of newly 
knitted stockings. She was a well beloved and very kindly 
woman ; and her granchildren can remember her frequent moral 
caution to them to " watch their lips lest they say anything that 
should in any way resemble a lie." 

The Arthur family has now for many years been known and 
respected in the townships of Hillier and Ameliasburgh, in the 
county of Prince Edward, and where members of different branches 
of the family have settled in various other townships on the 
mainland of the Province. They are known as excellent farmers, 
and have been held in good repute for the horses they have bred 
and kept. They have been reeves and councillors, and taken 
particular interest in the affairs of their communities ; and, to-day 
younger descendants have gained high academic distinctions, as 
in the case of Miss Annie B. McDonald, who at the time of writing, 
is in charge of, perhaps, the highest graded school in proficiency 


and emolument that is to be found in the county, exclusive of 
Picton and the larger villages. 

Hugh Arthur, eldest son of the pioneer, had twelve children. 
His eldest son, Matthew Arthur, married a great-granddaughter 
of Ovid Simpson, the famous old pioneer, and now occupies the 
Ovid Simpson farm in Brighton. It was cleared more than a 
century ago, and enjoys perhaps, the most desirable location in 
the township, commanding picturesque views of the Bay of Quinte, 
of Lake Ontario and of the surrounding country. Mr. Arthur 
lives in a fine old mansion, well protected in winter and summer 
alike, by a beautiful grove of pine and maple. 

His youngest son, Matthew S., is at home and unmarried. 
His other two sons are physicians in successful practice ; Charles 
E. being located at Nelson, B.C., and Robert H. at Sudbury. 



I. Hugh Arthur, m. Annie Cunningham; set. Hillier. Issue : (1) 

Matthew, (2) Charles, (3) Sarah A., (4) Charles, (5) James, (6) 
Mary J.,<(7) Hugh, (8) Margaret, (9) Phoebe, (10) Daniel C., 
(11) Catharine and (12) Elijah C. The father d. 1874, aged 
75 yrs., the mother, 1887, aged 81 yrs. 

II. George Arthur, m. 1st, Betsey Robinson, and 2nd, Rebecca 
Robinson ; set. finally Murray. Issue : By 1st (1) William, 
(a) Margaret J., (3) Samuel J., (4) Elizabeth, (5) Victoria, 
(6) Albert, and by 2nd (7) Eliza, (8) Annette, (9) Eleanor, 
(10) Clara, (11) Stephen, (12) George, (13) Jane and 6 others 

III. John Arthur, came to Prince Edward but set. in Grey Co. 
Issue : (1) James, (2) George, (3) William, (4) Susanna, (5) 
John, (6) Eleanor, (7) Mary J., (8) Catharine and (9) Phoebe. 

IV., Matthew Arthur, m. Mary Byers ; set. Hillier. Issue : (1) 
Anna, (2) Esther J., (3) Thomas J., (4) Matilda, (5) Eliza, (6) 
Catharine S;, (7) Robert B., (8) Matthew, (9) Margaret A. and 
(10) William H. The father d. 1889, aged 84 yrs.; the mother, 
1880, aged 62 yrs. 


V. Mary Arthur, m. William Graham ; set. 1st in Prince Edward 
Co, but removed to Hastings County. Issue ; (1) Arthur, 
(2) James, (3) William, (4) Dr, Henry, (5) Matthew and (6) 
Sarah A. 

VI. Jane Arthur, m. Samuel Robinson ; set. Consecon. Issue : 
(1) Eliza K, (2) Sarah A., (3) William A., (4) George, (5) 
Matthew, (6) Samuel J., (7) Nancy J. and (8) Margaret V. 

VII. William Arthur, m. Jane Young; set. finally Toronto. 
Issue: (1) Thomas B., (2) Sarah E., (3) Randall, (4) 
Amanda, (5) Nancy J., (6) John, (7) Mary C., and (8) Anna. 
The father died aged 84 and the mother aged 82. 

VIII. Thomas Arthur, died unm.; aged 21 years. 

IX. James Arthur, m. 1st, Margaret Patterson, and 2nd, Anne 
Gibson; set. Hillier. Issue by 2nd, (1) Wm. Arthur, d. in 
inf., (2) James A. Arthur, m. Harriet Robinson; set. Arcola, 
N.W.T. The father d. 1894, aged 76 years; Ann Arthur 
still living (1904), aged 82 years. 

X. Margaret Arthur, d., aged 7 years. 

XI. Ann Arthur, m. Robert Byers ; set. Hillier. Issue : 
(1) Esther Byers, m. Alfred Marsh; set. Rochester, N.Y. 
Issue : (a) Walter, (b) Robert, and (c) Anna. (2) Margaret, 
m. John H. Young. (3) William A., m. and set. Calgary ; 
no issue. (4) Matthew T., m. Margaret Brown; set. 
Rochester, U.S. Issue : (a) Robert, (b) Newton, (c) Letitia, 
(d) Matthew, (e) Ora. and 4 others. 

See I. The Hugh Arthur Branch : 

(1) Matthew Arthur, m. Margaret Doherty; set. Brighton. 

Issue: (a) Dr. Charles E. Arthur, m. Ezabel Dulmage, 
set. Nelson, B.C. Issue : Margaret. (b) Dr. Robert H. 
Arthur, m. Louise Lock wood ;' set. Sudbury. Issue: 
Margaret E., Wilfred, Raymond and Dorothy. (c) 
Matthew S. Arthur, unm.; set. homestead. 

(2) Charles Arthur, d. y. 

(3) Sarah A. Arthur, m. Rev. C. E. McLean ; set. Hillier ; no 


(4) Charles Arthur, m. Louisa Traver ; set. finally in Ohio. 


Issue : (a) George T. Arthur, m. Lillian Brown ; set. in 
Ohio. Issue: Louise M., Marion B., and James A. 

(5) James Arthur, m. Susanna Locie ; set. Hillier. Issue : 

(a) Colin C. Arthur, m. Flossie B. Russell ; set. Cobourg. 
Issue: Mary L., (6) Malcolm D. Arthur, unm.; set. on the 
homestead, (c) Mary J. H. Arthur, unm.; set. on the 

(6) Mary J. Arthur, d. unm. 

(7) Hugh Arthur, m. Sarah Marsh ; set. Hillier. Issue : (a) 

Anna N. Arthur, m. John Campbell ; set. Vancouver, B.C. 

(8) Margaret Arthur, d. y. 

(9) Phoebe Arthur, d. unm. 

(10) Daniel C. Arthur, m. Mary McKillip ; set. Hillier. Issue: 
(a) Mary L., and (b) Donalda; both unm. 

(11) Catharine Arthur, d. in inf. 

(12) Elijah C. Arthur, d. y. 

See II. The George Arthur Branch : 

(1) William Arthur, unm.. set. California. 

(2) Margaret J. Arthur, m. 1st. David Davis, and 2nd, 

Howard Harris; set. Minnesota. Issue: by 1st, 
(a) William, and (6) Donald C.; and by 2nd, (c) Samuel 
and (d) Cora V. 

(3) Samuel J. Arthur, m. Julia A. Ruttan ; set. Iowa. 

(4) Elizabeth Arthur, m. William H. McDonald ; set. Picton. 

Issue: (a) Margaret V. McDonald, d. y.; (b) Emma J. 
McDonald, unm.; set. Picton. (c) Helen McDonald, m. 
Robt. Edwards ; set. Arnprior. (d) Annie B. McDonald, 
P. S. teacher, Principal Warings Corner School. 

(5) Victoria Arthur, d. y. 

(6) Albert Arthur, m. 1st, Elizabeth Richmond, and 2nd, 

Ellen Fraser; set. Northumberland Co. Issue: by 1st, 
(a) Margaret; and by 2nd, (b) Lottie, (c) Lora, and. 
(d) Donald. 

See IV. The Matthew Arthur Branch : 

(1) Anna Arthur, unm.; set. Hillier. 

(2) Esther J. Arthur, m. Andrew McConkey ; set. Hillier. 

Issue: (a) James, m. Emma Alexander ; set. Hillier. 


(Issue : Harold A.), (b) John, unm.; set. Ohio., (c) William, 
unm.; set. Manitoba, (d) Arthur, unm.; set. Ohio, (e) 
Mary F. 

(3) Thomas J. Arthur, m. Matilda Blakely ; set. Hillier. Issue: 

(a) Leona, (6) Nellie and (c) Mabel. 

(4) Matilda Arthur, m. 1st, Rev. A. C. Morton, and 2nd, Rev. 

James McClelland; set. Shelbourne. Issue: by 2nd, (a) 
Arthur J., unm.; set. Hamilton, Ohio. 

(5) Eliza Arthur, m. John Carnahan ; set. Grey Co. Issue : 

(a) Edna, unm.; set. near Meaford. 

(6) Catharine S. Arthur, m. Frank Jones ; set. Hillier. 

(7) Robert B. Arthur, m. 1st, Marion Taylor, and 2nd, Beatrice 

Adams ; set. Manitoba. Issue : by 1st, (a) Marion and 
(6) Raymond, and by 2nd, (c) Kathleen and (d) Ewart. 

(8) Matthew Arthur, unm.; set. Winnipeg. 

(9) Margaret A. Arthur, m. David A. Scott ; set. Manitoba. 

Issue : (a) Miriam, (6) Gordon, (c) Douglas and (d) 

(10) William H. Arthur, d. unm. 

See VIII. The William Arthur Branch : 

(1) Sarah E. Arthur, unm.; set. Toronto. 

(2) Thomas B. Arthur. 

(3) Randall Arthur. 

(4) Nancy J. Arthur, m. Manly Valleau ; set. Bancroft. 

(5) Amanda Arthur, m. Horatio Mumford ; set. Trenton. 

(6) John Arthur. 

(7) Mary Arthur, m. Edward Stinson ; set. Toronto. Issue : 

(a) Elva. 

(8) Anne Arthur, unm.; set. Toronto. 


Ainsworth is a very old English name, not undistinguished in 
literature. Two brothers of the Ainsworth family settled in New 
York State, probably in the eighteenth century, and from one of 
these, Philip, the pioneer of the Ainsworth family in Prince 
Edward County, is descended. 

He married a Miss Cronk, by whom he had the major part of 


his family, before he left the United States for Canada, the 
younger daughter marrying the Rev. Daniel Jenkins, and settling 
in West Shelby, Orleans County. He arrived in Prince Edward 
County in 1815, a year memorable as closing the War of Defence. 
He came into the midst of a band of colonists, who, reversing the 
biblical idea of a time when swords should be beaten into plough- 
shares, had abandoned their peaceful employments to stand by the 
mother country, that was not slack in coming to the assistance of 
her youngest child. Those colonists, when the war was over, were 
not only ready to receive additions to their numbers, but eager to 
welcome fresh comers, whether from Europe or the United States. 
Colonists from the latter country who had not fought for Britain 
in the Revolution were not suspected of sinister designs as to some 
extent they had been at an earlier period. The new-comers were 
probably welcomed all the more eagerly that they were believed to 
have been influenced in their coming by sympathy with the 
Canadians in their struggle, so happily ended. 

He settled in the township of Sophiasburgh, and acquired four 
hundred acres of land on Christian Street. He had been long 
enough in the States to acquire all the American's shrewd insight 
into possible methods of making money. The clearing of four 
hundred acres left a large amount .of wood ash ; he decided at 
once to use it (along with what he could purchase from neighbor- 
ing pioneers) in the establishing of potash works in the township. 
This industry he combined with farming, and raised large quantities 
of grain. He continued in Sophiasburgh, until after the marriage 
of his son Henry, when he removed to Brighton. 

The pioneer's second wife, was a widow named Burr, a cousin 
of Aaron Burr, at one time Vice- President of the United States, 
and remembered also for the fatal duel with Alexander Hamilton. 
In politics, Mr. Ainsworth was a Reformer, and in church connec- 
tion, a Christian Disciple. He died in 1854, in his eighty-third 
year, and his second wife in 1874, aged eighty-five. 

Hanry Ainsworth bought land in Ameliasburgh, and having 
cleared a number of acres, was getting things into shape, when a 
man named Isaac Williams established a " prior grant." Henry 
next secured this time direct from the Crown two lots, No. 74 
and 75, in the 5th concession of Hillier, amounting to two hundred 


acres, He applied himself to clearing and cultivating the soil. It 
is said that when he first took his grist to Demorestville, employ- 
ing for that purpose four or five yoke of steers, he dared not 
return at night because of the danger from wolves. Deer were 
plentiful. Feed was so scarce, that often he had to browse his 
stock in the bush. He raised his own flax, and grew his own wool, 
and the spinning wheel spun material for use by the family. He 
married Mary Redner, and had ten children. The esteem in which 
he was held in the township, is attested by the fact that, for 
several years, he was elected councillor. 

His son, Benjamin C. Ainsworth, settled and still resides near 
Allison ville, at which place he has been Postmaster for over twenty 
years. He was born on the old homestead, on (the 5th concession 
of Hillier, and was educated at the public schools. He has for 
years been a leading citizen, secretary of the school board and a 
Justice of the Peace. For some years past he has been awarded 
the contract for carrying the mails between Allison ville and 

His present wife is Catharine, daughter of Joseph Trumpour, 
and a lineal descendant of Paul Trumpour, the well known pioneer. 

Mr. Ainsworth belongs to the Liberal party, and in religious 
matters, is well known as an ardent exponent of the doctrines of 
the Disciples Church, being an elder of some years standing, and a 
lay preacher of recognized ability. 

Aurelia, daughter of Henry Ainsworth, married Stephen P. 
Doolittle, and had one son and two daughters. The Doolittles are 
a family both ancient and distinguished, and their family history 
fills a volume containing some twenty-five hundred names. 
Lyman Doolittle is the Canadian pioneer. Stephen Putman 
Doolitttle (born Dec. 17, 1828) married Aurelia Ainsworth, March 
4th, 1850 ; she lived until 1900, and her husband predeceased her 
by three years. Their eldest daughter, Adelaide, married George 
Sprague, of the old well-known Sprague family. Their only child 
was a daughter, Delia, who married Delbat Roblin. She died 
October 6th, 1893. 

Densmore Sawyer Doolittle, son of Stephen P. and Aurelia 
Doolittle, owns and occupies lot 72, Hillier, one of the finest farms 
in that vicinity. He is equally successful with grain, fruit and 


dairying, and may be regarded as a model farmer, and indeed as 
a model citizen. Of his three children mentioned in the table 
annexed, but one survives, namely, Miss Jetta Maud Doolittle 
(born 1889), a very talented and accomplished young lady, who 
has already passed in music at the Trinity examinations of London, 
Eng., held regularly at Belleville by the Toronto Conservatory. 



I. Elizabeth Ains worth, m. Daniel Gould ; set. New York, 

II. Mary Ainsworth, m. Rev. Daniel Jenkins : set. New York 
State. Issue: (1) Sylvester. (2) Wesley, (3) Menzo, (4) 
Martha and (5) Mary. All of whom are in United States. 

III. Cornelius Ainsworth, m. Mary Doolittle set. Hillier. Issue : 
(1) Eli, .(2) Walter, (3) Royal H., (4) Hiram L. and (5) Martha. 

IV. Henry Ainsworth, m. Mary Redner ; set. Hillier. Issue : (1) 
Catherine, (2) Aurelia, (3) William, (4) Philip, (5) Peter, (6) 
Royal, (7) Benjamin C., (8) Mary E., (9) Danforth and (10) 
John F. 

V. Fanny Ainsworth, m. and set. in Wisconsin. 

VI. Eli Ainsworth, m. Elizabeth Locie ; set. Brighton. Issue : 
(1) Louisa, (2) Willet, (3) Wilbert, (4) Rose and (5) Naomi. 


See IV. The Henry Ainsworth Branch : 

(1) Catherine Ainsworth, m. James Post; set. Hillier. Issue : 
(a) Albert, m. 1st, Emma Lazier, and 2nd, Emma King ; 
set: Brighton. (Issue: By 1st, Mary C., d. y.); (b) 
Samantha, m. Geo. Hicks ; set. Hillier. (Issue : Corby, 
William H. and Geo. A.) (c) William H., m. Zoe Simp- 
son ; set. finally in Toronto. (Issue , Maud, Ida, May and 
Ruth, (d) Cephrenas, m. Jessie Trumpour ; set Brighton. 
(Issue : Eva M.) (e) Mary E., m. 1st, Harrison King, 
2nd, Ichabod Bowerman, and 3rd, Philip Vandewater ; set. 
Brighton. No Issue. (/) Stanley, m. Gertrude Craig ; 
set. Brighton, now North West. (Issue : Ross.) 


(2) Aurelia Ainsworth, m. Stephen P. Doolittle ; set. Hillier. 

Issue : (a) Adelaide Doolittle, m. George Sprague. Issue : 
Delia, m. Delbat Roblin. (Issue : Ray and Ross) ; (b) 
Zenana Doolittle, m. Marshall Noxon. Issue : Stephen 
Dorland, m. Nina Beatrice Wilson. (Issue : Muriel Glee), 
Zella and May, (c) Densmore Sawyer Doolittle, m. Martha 
C. Pearsall. Issue : Ada Pearl, m. Merritt Adams. 
(Issue : Norma and Viola), Jetta Maud and Rossie P. 

(3) William Ainsworth, m. 1st, Mary Stafford and 2nd , 

Rebecca Weller, nee Hodge ; set. finally Brighton. Issue : 
by 1st, (a) Clystie Ainsworth, d.y., and (b) Edgar, Ains- 
worth, m. Emma Sills ; set. Brighton. Issue : Bert, (m. 
Lottie VanBlaricomb ; set. Brighton. (Issue : Archibald 
and Florence), m. Samuel Ross ; set. Brighton. Issue : 
one child. 

(4) Philip Ainsworth, m. Sarah A. Wicks ; set. Hillier. Issue : 

(a) Alzina, m. William Fox ; set. Sophiasburgh. No issue. 

(b) Aurelia, m. 1st, George Trumpour and 2nd, Kerwin 
C. Burr ; set. finally Ameliasburgh. (Issue : by 1st, 
Grace, Arzella and by 2nd, Lome and Ross) ; (c) Edmund 
H., d.y., (d) William, m. Emma Moon ; set. Hillier. (Issue : 
Basil); (e) Densmore, m. Cora B. Wilson; set. Hallowell, 
(/) Willard B., m. Mary L. Munro ; set. Hillier. (Issue : 
Ha G., Charles P. M., Flossie P. and Morley). 

(5) Peter Ainsworth, m. Olive Whitney ; set. Hillier. Issue : 

(a) Emma, m. Willet Kirk ; set. Hallowell ; no issue. 

(b) Sarah E., (c) Edward, (d) Herman, d. unm., (e) Agnes, 
m. Bert Otis ; set. Rochester, N.Y. (Issue : Ada); (/) 
Alice, m. Herbert E. Norton ; set. Rochester, N.Y., (g) 
Albert B., m. Emma Bepley ; set. Rochester, N.Y.; no 

(6) Rev. Royal Ainsworth, m. Margaret Whitney ; set. Hillier. 

Issue : (a) Corey, m. Agnes Rutherford ; set. Colborne. 
(Issue : Roy); (b) Frank, m. Jessie Darvell ; set. Lakeview, 
N.Y., (Issue : Henry); (c) Holden, m. and set. New York 
State, and (d) Lemuel, m. Nellie Bishop ; set. Norwood. 
(Issue: 2). 


(7) Benjamin C. Ainsworth, m. 1st, Elizabeth Dodd and 2nd, 

Catherine Trumpour ; set. Hillier. Issue: by 1st, (a) 
Adelaide, m. Benjamin Hicks ; set. Hillier ; no issue ; (b) 
Gertrude, unm.; set. Hillier. 

(8) Mary E. Ainsworth, m. Samuel Trumpour ; set. Hillier. 

Issue : (a) Danforth, m. Eva Bowerman ; set. Hillier. 
(Issue : Pearl). 

(9) Danforth Ainsworth, m. Louisa Lambert ; set. Hillier. 

Issue : (a) Clystie, (b) Emma and (c) Ethel. 

(10) Rev. John F. Ainsworth, m. Caroline Williams ; set. 
finally Dakota, Issue: (a) Rev. Menzo B., m. Hattie 
Bradley .; set. Aberdeen, Dakota. (Issue Ceril) and (b) 
Rev. Alva, unm.; set. Minnesota. 


Sometime about the middle of the seventeenth century a 
Scottish highlander, John Allison, by name, left Edinburgh to 
make a home in the American colonies. He eventually located at 
Haverstraw, New York, married Amy Wood, an Englishwoman, 
and became the ancestor of the Allisons on American soil. His 
son, who married an Englishwoman of Dutch descent, was 
engaged in the carrying trade between New York and the West 
Indies, and, during the Revolutionary war endeavoured to remain 
neutral, but his sons engaged actively in the war. There were 
seven of them, all of whom with the exception of the youngest, 
Benjamin, bore arms ; four with the loyalists, two with the 

It is not an easy matter to trace the subsequent history of 
these seven Allisons. One, Edward, we are led to believe by 
Sabine, became a Captain in DeLancey's 3rd battalion, and retired 
on half pay. He afterwards settled in New Brunswick, where 
Mount Allison is named after him. Among his many other claims 
upon posterity, he is remembered as the founder of the Mount 
Allison University. John Allison served under Governor Carleton, 
at the siege of Quebec, in 1775, and was killed when General 
Montgomery attacked the town on New Year's Eve. Another 
brother, Isaac, was an officer in the American army during the 


Revolutionary War. Some time after the declaration of peace he 
emigrated westward where he w r as probably the founder of the 
Allison family, now to be found in Indiana, whose descendants 
include the mother of the late President McKinley. It is said 
that other members of the Allison family also settled in the State 
of Indiana ; but of the remaining brothers it is possible to trace 
the lives of three only. These three, Joseph, Benjamin and 
Jeremiah, found their way into Canada, where they settled in 
Adolphustown and Prince Edward county. 

At the outbreak of the Revolution, Joseph Allison was work- 
ing in the New York Navy Yard ; he threw in his lot with the 
loyalists, and from all accounts proved himself a plucky and a 
daring soldier. At the battle of White Plains he had some narrow 
escapes, for while in the fighting line the man beside him wag shot 
down, and he had his canteen belt cut in two by a ball. Record 
has been kept of the daring he once displayed. It appears he 
decided to compensate himself by taking rebels' horses for a grudge 
he bore the owners for burning his house and other property. 
Disguising himself and a comrade, he joined the rebels' camp, in 
which he remained for a few days, until the scheme was favoured 
by a dark night. Then the two availed themselves of the dark- 
ness of the night and their knowledge of the woods to get away 
with five excellent troop horses. Although hotly pursued, they 
managed to escape. Allison's neighbours in Haverstraw were ever 
afterwards very vindictive towards him for having placed their 
troop in such a sorry plight, and years after, when he returned to 
visit his mother, he only narrowly escaped being tarred and' 
feathered by the mob which his presence had collected. With the 
close of the war he turned his thoughts to Canada, and arrived in 
Adolphustown in 1784, in company with Major Van Alstine's party. 
In the division of the grants of land which he was given in com- 
mon with his fellow loyalists, he drew lot 17. It comprised two 
hundred acres, and is now in possession of Frederick Allison, a 
great-grandson of the pioneer Benjamin. 

Joseph Allison married Mary Richmond, who was born in 
1745, in Rhode Island, and was a daughter of Cyrus Richmond, a 
direct descendant in the fourth generation from John Richmond, a 
famous New England Quaker. The compiler of the history of the 


Richmond family states in connection with Joseph Allison, the 
husband of Mary Richmond, that he was kidnapped in the harbor 
of Derry, and brought to this country. Joseph Allison had no 
children, but adopted the son of his brother Benjamin. He died 
in 1840 when eighty-six years old, and was buried in the U. E. 
burial ground at Adolphustown, where also lie the remains of his 
wife, who was over ninety years of age when she died. 

Benjamin Allison, whose son Joseph, was adopted by Joseph 
the pioneer, was the youngest of seven brothers, and was too young 
to participate actively in the war. He was inspired to follow 
his brother Joseph into Canada by the good accounts the latter 
gave him of the new country, and first mention of him is found in 
the annals of Adolphustown for 1796, when he resided in the town- 
ship with his wife (formerly Phoebe Davidson) and three children. 

Of the seven brothers who lived at Haverstraw, two joined 
the Continental Army. Jeremiah, one of the two, afterwards 
became a pioneer of the Bay of Quinte. It seems that the same 
good news from Joseph, which tempted Benjamin, turned the 
thoughts of Jeremiah to Canada. From all accounts, he and 
Benjamin joined forces and with their wives and families together 
overcame the hard severities of the journey north. Jeremiah first 
settled on the lake front in Marysburg. His family experienced 
great hardships while there, and owing to some delay in securing 
government supplies they were so pressed for food that they were 
reduced to living on bark and weeds. As Jeremiah is given as an 
inhabitant of Adolphustown, in 1797, his family must have 
remained in Marysburg a very short while. Evidently he crossed 
over the Bay with his wife and child so as to be near his two 
brothers. His wife, Hannah Guerney, was the daughter of an 
interesting family, the Brewers, claimants of the estate of Anneke 
Jans, who settled in New York in 1663. The present site of 
Trinity Church, New York, stands on what was once part of her 
property. Several pieces of old pewter plate service, which the 
Brewer family brought with them from Holland, are still in the 
possession of certain members of the Allison family. Miss Julia 
Allison, of Big Island, owns a plate; Mrs. Gurney Allison, a teapot, 
and Mrs. William E. Baker, a cup. A large oval platter which 
is in the possession of Mrs. Nelson Mallory, of Adolphustown, 


figures as the principal dish at an annual family re-union customary 
among the Allisons. 

Jeremiah Allison did not settle long in Adolphustown. He 
crossed over the Bay, in 1809, and settled in Sophiasburgh town- 
ship, where he located on two hundred and sixty-nine acres on the 
south side of Big Island, which at that time was owned by the 
Mississaga Indians, whose chief Abraham, was succeeded by his son 
John Sunday. They exacted a yearly rental from the settlers, 
which amounted to the equivalent of four dollars' worth in kind. 
The island was covered by a forest of immense maples, from which 
the new-comers managed to extract the annual meagre supply of 
sugar. The only means of communication with the mainland was 
by boat. A corduroy road which was afterwards laid, became the 
foundation of the present gravel road and good bridge connecting 
the island with the mainland. Jeremiah having cleared sufficient 
land for his needs, built the first frame house on the island, stand- 
ing to this day, inhabited by a grandson of its builder. Incident- 
ally it may be mentioned that Jeremiah owned the first waggon 
introduced into the island, a matter of small significance to-day, 
but one of intrinsic importance in the early pioneering days. With 
increasing prosperity the pioneers strove to add to their comfort ; 
from the flax they spun linen ; the wool from their sheep they 
carded and spun into yarn which they wove into cloth. A piece 
of lace, now in the possession of Miss Julia Allison, was made by 
her mother from the thread of flax grown on the farm. The same 
lady has another interesting relic of those early days in an earthen 
salt cellar, bought at Meyer's Creek, now the city of Belleville, 
nearly a century ago. 

Jeremiah Allison died in 1857, aged ninety-four years, and 
his wife predeceased him in 1845. They both lie buried in the old 
Methodist Cemetery on the south side of Big Island. Jeremiah 
Allison has many representatives living who, like himself in his 
own day, are esteemed and respected by all. He was succeeded 
by his son William, who bought the farm from his father at a 
price of five years' service in work. William Allison was a private 
in the Prince Edward Militia when the Rebellion of '37 broke out. 
The regiment was warned out, but did not see service. Orville 
Allison, a son of William, has a beautiful silk Union Jack that 


was presented to Ensign Ketchum, when his troop of Cavalry were 
disbanded in Picton seventy years ago. The flag is made by hand 
and is still in a splendid state of preservation, invariably being 
seen floating on anniversary days of Canadian history. There is 
also in the possesion of the Big Island family the pocket book 
carried by the father of Jeremiah Allison. 

Benjamin, another son of the pioneer, Jeremiah, died at the 
early age of thirty-six years. The following year the wheat crop 
was so destroyed by worms, that his widow and family of small 
children had to gather the little that remained by cutting off the 
heads of wheat with table knives. His eldest son, Nelson, received 
the last bounty paid for a wolf's head in Prince Edward County. 
After a long chase he managed to get the wolf into a farmyard, 
where it was beaten to death with clubs. 

Among the many descendants of the pioneer Allisons, who 
have held honourable positions in the county, and received the 
sincerest tokens of respect from the community is David W. 
Allison, a grandson of the pioneer Benjamin Allison. He has for 
many years been a prominent figure in the life and times of 
Adolphustown. As a Liberal in politics he was elected to the 
Dominion House of Commons, for Lennox, in the years 1883 and 
1891. He farms over eleven hundred acres in Adolphustown, 
where, in 1880, he built a splendid residence which commands a 
picturesque view of the Bay and is situated a couple of hundred 
yards south of the spot where the loyalist first landed in A.dolphus- 
town, at the mouth of the small stream called the Town Creek. 
David W. Allison has travelled over the entire continent, and has 
mineral possessions of much worth. On the American side he 
owns a large portion of the Saginaw iron mine ; to the north of 
Lake Superior he owns five thousand acres of mineral lands, and 
in Frontenac he holds a half interest in three thousand acres. 

William H. R. Allison, another grandson of the pioneer, and 
who recently died at his residence in Picton (1904), was a King's 
Counsel, and had been for a long time regarded as a leading bar- 
rister in the town. He was a Judge of the Maritime Court until 
the law creating the office was repealed, and he was Clerk of the 
Surrogate Court and Court of Assize. He was a member of the 
First Methodist Church, and of the Masonic fraternity. 



I. John Allison, m. Annie Sprung ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 

(1) Benjamin, (2) Joseph S., (3) Henry B., (4) David, (5) 
Catherine, (6) Betsy, (7) Phoebe, and (8) Sophia. 

II. Joseph B. Allison m. Mary Hoover ; set. Adolphustown. 
Issue : (1) Amy, (2) David W., (3) John W., (4) Henry H., 
(5) Cyrus R., (6) Elizabeth, (7) Miriam A., (8) Phoebe J., 
(9) Joseph, and (10) Stephen E. 

III. Rev. Cyrus R. Allison, m. Eva Hoover ; set. Adolphustown. 
Issue: (1) Phoebe J., (2) William H. R, (3) Mary A., (4) 
Cyrus R, (5) Sarah E., (6) Cyrus, (7) Jennie P., and (8) 
Charles B. The father entered the ministry, but before doing 
so assisted Elder Case in teaching the Mississaga Indians at 
Grape Island. 

IV. Benjamin Allison, m. Catherine Sprague ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue : (1) Hallet, (2) Ann, (3) William J., and (4) Benjamin F. 

V. Amy Allison, m. Stephen Roblin ; set. Adolphustown. 

VI. Mary Allison, m. 1st, Samuel Sprague, and 2nd, Halley 
Sprague ; set. Big Island. Issue : By 1st, 2 d. in inf., and by 
2nd, (1) Parmenus, (2) Louisa, (3) Catherine, (4) William 
H., (5) John A., and (6) George W. 

VII. Phoebe Allison, m. Peter Rightmeyer ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue : (1) Deborah, 

VIII. Allison, m. Richard Smith ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 

(1) Phoebe, (2) Nancy, and (3) Polly. 

See I. The John Allison Branch: 

(1) Henry B. Allison, J.P.; m. Nancy Scherrnehorn ; set. 

Richmond. Issue : (a) Irvine, (6) Amos M., (c) John H., 
(d) Urilla A., (e) Henry J., and (/) Sarah H. 

(2) Benjamin I. Allison, m. Eliza H. Greeley ; set. Tyendinaga. 

Issue : (a) Absolom G. Allison, m. Nancy Simpkins ; set. 
Brighton. Issue : Maude, Florence, Arthur, Claude and 
Una ; (6) John S. Allison, m. Mary Wilson ; set. Clearfield, 
Penn. Issue : Benjamin, William, Frederick, Margaret 
and John ; (c) Harriet A. Allison, m. William Topping ; 


set. Deseronto. Issue : James, Jonathan, Evelyn and 
Laura; (d) Jonathan G.Allison, m. Sarah Prentiss; set. old 
homestead, Tyendinaga. Issue : Edith, Olive, Pearl, Lena 
and Flossie; (e) William H. Allison, m. Georgiana Daven- 
port, nee Cole; set. Toronto. Issue : Herbert C. (d.y.) and 
Cecil ; (/) Benjamin R Allison, m. Katherine Hazel ; set. 
Wyebridge. Issue : Agnes ; (g) Phoebe E. Allison, m. 
James Ferris ; set. Pawling, N.Y. Issue : Allison, Bessie 
and Greeley ; (h) Sarah C. Allison, m. Charles Barber ; 
set. Emerson, Man. Issue : Dufferin, Horace, Rupert, 
Elma, Florence, Victoria and Ruth ; (i) Eva H. Allison, 
m. John Noble ; set. Emerson, Man. Issue ; Frank, Clara, 
Benjamin, Bertha, Gabriella, Allan and Eva; (j) Mary 
F. Allison, m. Isaac Corbin ; set. Pawling, N.Y. Issue ; 
Frank, William, Cecil, Lewis, Ethel, Clement, Muriel and 
Merrill ; (k) Martha N. Allison, m. Frank Burr ; set. 
Pawling, N.Y. Issue : Harry, Delia, Annie, Clara, 
Harriet, Franklin, Miriam and Grace ; (1) Joseph C. 
Allison, unm. 

(3) Joseph S. Allison, m. Catherine Wood ; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue ; (a) Benjamin, (6) Anna M., (c) Mary C., (d) John 
B., (e) William H., m. Edith M. Dorland; (/) Nehemiah, 
m. Sarah Roblin ; (g) Walter R., m. Lottie Gilbert, and 
(h) Amos Grant Allison, m. Sarah A. Coolidge; set. 
Sophiasburgh. Issue : Aylwin W. 

(4) David Allison, m., 1st, Jane Smith, and 2nd, Deborah 

Brickman ; set. Tyendinaga. 

(5) Betsy Allison, m. Nehemiah Wood. 

(6) Phoebe Allison, m. Griffith Howell ; set. Ameliasburgh. 

(7) Sophia Allison, m. 1st, Samuel Parks, and 2nd, Owen 

Roblin ; set. Sophiasburgh. 

(8) Catherine Allison, m. David Jenkins ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
See. II. The Joseph B. Allison Branch: 

(1) Amy Allison, m. Joseph Gunsolus ; set. South Fredericks- 

burgh. No issue. 

(2) David W. Allison, m. Amelia E. Membery ; set. Adolphus- 

town. Issue : (a) Mary L. Allison, B.A., Queen's College, 
Kingston, unm., teaching in Oshawa College ; (6) David 


Allison, M.D., unm.; set. Williamstown, N.Y., (c) John B. 
Allison, Custom's House Officer, Napanee, unm., and (d) 
Raymond J. Allison, unm.; set. Adolphustown. 

(3) John W. Allison, m. 1st, Margaret Ferguson, and 2nd, 

Mary Campbell ; set. Port Perry. Issue : by 1st, (a) 
Minnie, (b) Ellen, and by 2nd, (c) Charles. 

(4) Henry H. Allison, m. Martha Wright ; set. Adolphustown. 

Issue : (a) Charles Frederick, m. Minnie Cadman ; set. 
Adolphustown, and (b) D. Henry, m. Ada Clapp ; set. 
Con way, P.O. 

(5) Cyrus R. Allison, m. Catherine MurdufF; set. South 

Fr eder icksburgh . 

(6) Elizabeth Allison, m. 1st, Frederick Box, and 2nd, Rev. 

William Bryden ; set. Kingston. Issue : by 1st, (a) Philip. 

(7) Miriam A. Allison, m. Lewis Brown ; set. Shannon ville. 

No issue. 

(8) Phoebe J. Allison, m. Nelson Mallory ; set. Adolphustown. 

(9) Joseph B. Allison, m. Martha Membery ; set. Adolphus- 

(10) Stephen E. Allison, m., and set. Port Perry. 

See III. The Rev. Cyrus R. Allison Branch : 

(1) Phoebe J. Allison, d. y. 

(2) William H. R. Allison, K.C., Picton ; m. Anna M. Roblin. 

Issue : (a) Malcolm R. Allison, B.A., Barrister ; m. Carrie 

B. Crandall ; set. Picton. Issue : William W., C. Rosalind 
and Anna. 

(3) Mary A. Allison, m. John K. Appleby ; set. Oakville. 

(4) Cyrus R. Allison, d. y. 

(5) Sarah E. Allison, m. Henry B. Branscombe, druggist ; set. 

Picton. Issue : (a) Clarence W., and (b) Gena. 

(6) Cyrus Allison, m. Hattie Ashley ; set. South America. 

(7) Jennie P.Allison, m. 1st, Roderick S. Roblin and 2nd, J. 

C. Drury ; set. London, Ont. 

(8) Charles B. Allison, druggist ; m. Emma F. Crandall ; set. 

Picton. Issue: (a) James W. Allison, Phm. B., (b) and 
(c) Gerald and Geraldine Allison, 



I. Joseph Allison, m. 1st, Rachael Peck and 2nd, Mrs. Long ; set. 

Big Island. Issue: (1) Orren, (2) James, (3) Nelson, (4) 
John, (5) Lucinda, (6) Anson and (7) Joseph B. 

II. Oliver Allison, d. y. 

III. John Allison, d. y. 

IV. William A. Allison ; in. Sarah Peck ; set. Big Island. Issue : 
(1) George C., (2) Orville and (3) Julia A. 

V. Benjamin Allison, m. Margaret Peck ; set. Big Island. Issue : 
(1) Nelson, (2) Adelaide, (3) Gurney and (4) Amos. 

VI. Mary Allison, m. Peter Saunders ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 

(1) William B. 

VII. Christie Allison, m. 1st, Aaron Kemp and 2nd, Francis J. 
McQuoid; set. Demorestville. Issue : by 1st, (1) James C., 

(2) Northrup R., (3) Helen M., (4) Maitland F.; and by 2nd, 
(5) Sarah E. and (6) Margaret E. 

VIII. Hannah Allison, m. Parker Ketchum ; set. Picton. Issue ; 
(1) Mahala, (2) Almira, (3) David, (4) Elizabeth and (5) 

IX. Margaret Allison, m. Israel Hamilton ; set. Demorestville. 
Issue : (1) Emma. 

See I. The Joseph Allison Branch : 

(1) Orren Allison, m. Mary A. Emmerson ; set. Tyendinaga. 

(2) James Allison, m. 1st, Margaret Weese, and 2nd, Rachael, 

Weese ; set. Ameliasburgh. 

(3) Nelson Allison. 

(4) John Allison, d. uiim. 

(5) Lucinda Allison, m. John Covert ; set. Belmont. 

(6) Anson Allison, m. Clarissa Gilbert; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue : (a) Sarah Allison, m. James Ferguson ; 
set. Toronto. Issue: Clarence D., (m. Eunice M. 
Wallace; set. Toronto), and Annie unm., (b) Julia A. 
Allison, m. Dorland Fox ; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue : 
Willoughby, Araminta, Burton, and Eliza, (c) Daniel 


Allison, m. Annie Newman ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 
Mabel, Edith, Clara and Percy, (d) Agnes Allison, m. 
Thomas VanAlstine ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : Ernest. 
(7) Joseph B. Allison, m. Caroline Tenseley ; set. Napanee. 


Edward Ackerman was born May 2nd, 1763, and married 
Miriam Garrison, December 3rd, 1788 ; the Treaty of Paris, which 
has been called the Cession of Canada, was signed in the year of his 
birth. The Ackerman family being loyal to the Crown during the 
Revolution, found among the thirteen colonies, flushed with victory, 
an uncongenial atmosphere, and early in the nineteenth century, 
we find Edward Ackerman located on lot 22, south of Black River, 
South Marysburgh. He was the close friend of William Hudgin, 
a noted loyalist, who in the Revolution and again in the War of 
1812 played a noble part. These two, while at Kingston, worked 
together at shoemaking, a business which allows scope for much 
conversation ; and the old campaigner seems to have have made of 
Edward a friend for life. At a later date, the latter was the go- 
between when Hudgin wished to correspond with a friend in New 
York city, and vice versa. In his wagon, a self -constituted rural 
postman, he conveyed the letters of these friends between South 
Marysburgh and New York city. 

A grandson of the Pioneer's was a Lieutenant in the 1 6th bat- 
talion in the Fenian Raid, and received his land grant as a veteran 
in 1903, a privilege of which he did not live to make any use, as 
he died before making his location. His sons and daughters of 
whom he had eight in all married into South Marysburgh families, 
only one of whom removed from the township, to wit, Sarah A., 
who finally settled in Rochester, N.Y. Their descendants are to 
be found chiefly in Prince Edward county. 

James Ackerman, second son and third child of the pioneer, 
was twice married, and had in all eleven children. His eldest son 
and child, Thaddeus Ackerman, has lived for many years in the 
city of Toronto, and is a trusted employee of the Canada Foundry 



I. Rebecca R. Ackerman, b. 1809, m. John Rose; set. South Marys- 

burgh. Issue: (1) Mary A., (2) Miriam, (3) Samuel, (4) 
Edward, (5) John, (6) Alva, (7) George, (8) Eliza J., (9) 
William, (10) Walter and (11) Amanda. 

II. Henry Ackerman, b. 1813, m. Jane VanCleaf; set. South 
Marysburg. Issue : (1) Jacob H., (2) Ascenath, (3) Hannah 
M., (4) Edward, (5) Jonas, (6) George A., (7) Alva and (8) 
Susan J. 

III. James Ackerman, m. 1st. Rhoda VanCleaf, and 2nd, Sarah 
A. Young; set. South Marysburg. Issue: by 1st, (1) 
Thaddeus, (2) Jane, d.y., (3) Sarah A., (4) Aldura, (5) Helen, 
(6) Rebecca, (7) Mariam, (8) Emery, (9) James; and by 2nd, 
(10) Jane and (11) H^nry. 

IV. Eliza Ackerman, b. 1819, m. John Metcalf; set. South 
Marysburg. Issue: (1) Mary, (2) Edward, (3) William, (4) 
John, (5) George, (6) Mariam and (7) Alva. 

V. Alva Ackerman, b. 1822, m. Cynthia Scott ; set. South Marys- 
burg. Issue : (1) William H., (2) Sarah J., (3) George S. and 
(4) Emma. 

VI. Mary Ackerman, b. 1825, m. James Grimmon; set. South 
Marysburg. Issue: (1) Alva, (2) Edward, (3) Jane,] (4) 
Henry, (5) Calvin, and (6) Netty. 

VII. Augusta Ackerman, b. 1828, rn. Jane Scott; set. South 
Marysburg. Issue : (1) Maria, d. unm. 

VIII. Sarah A. Ackerman, b. 1833, m. William Dulmage . set. 
finally Rochester. Issue: (1) Annie, (2) Maria, (3) Thomas, 
(4) Melia, (5) Ella, and (6) Walter. 

See III. The James Ackerman Branch : 

(1) Thaddeus Ackerman, m. 1st, Abigail Curry, and 2nd, Clara 
N. McCartey. Issue : by 1st, (a) Florence, unm.; set. 
Toronto; (6) Wilbert, m. Jennie Malcolm; set. Sarnia. 
(Issue: Florence, Clarence and Ralph); (c) George, m. 
Jennie Spencer ; set. Havelock. (Issue : Charles, Wilfred. 
Korah, Frank and Olga) ; and (d) Clarence, m. Ida 


Burrows ; set. Corby ville. (Issue : Wilbert R., Morley 
A. and Garfield (d. y.) 
(2) Jane, d. y., (3) Sarah A., 

(4) Aldura Ackerman, m. John Gibson ; set. Athol. Issue : 

(a) Dr. James, m. Millicent, dau. of Rev. J. C. Bell ; set. 
near Hamilton ; and (6) Ida, m. Manly Hicks ; set. 
Hallowell. Issue : Dora and Lillie. 

(5) Helen. (6) Rebecca. (7) Mariam. 

(8) Emery Ackerman, m. Clymene McDonald ; set. Midland 

City, Mich. Issue : (a) Annie, (m. and now deceased, 
leaving two children), (6) Ralph, (c) Edward, (d) Wallace, 
(e) Frank and (/) Herbert. 

(9) James Ackerman, m. Genevieve Bradley; set. Sophias- 

burgh. Issue : (a) Annie, (b) Emma, (c) William, m. 
Lilian Spencer ; set. Picton, (d) Lena, (e) Nellie and (/) 

(10) Jane Ackerman, m. Roblin Clark; set. Athol. Issue: 2 
sons and Cora. 

(11) Henry Ackerman, m. Miss Welbanks ; set. Rochester, 
N. Y. 


Two branches of the Aylsworth family are settled in the Bay 
of Quinte district ; one in the county of Lennox and Addington, 
the other in the county of Prince Edward. The Lennox and 
Addington branch are descended from Job Aylsworth, who 
emigrated from Rhode Island, in 1784, and settled on lot 11, in 
the second concession of Ernesttown, immediately in the rear of the 
village of Bath, where he, his wife and three children died in 
1803, during the prevalence of an epidemic of "spotted fever" or 
cerebro-spinal meningitis. 

He was a man of resolute character. Having a distressing 
felon, and being unable to obtain medical assistance in the sparsely 
settled condition of the country at that time, he himself cut off the 
affected finger with a chisel and mallet. He was born 1730, 
in Quidnesett, R.I., and was the grandson of Arthur Aylsworth, 
who came there from England, about 1670. 


Of the history of the family in England but little is known 
among their descendants here. It is a matter of tradition that 
Arthur Aylsworth, the Rhode Island Pioneer, had been a soldier 
under Cromwell, and on that account left England after the 
Restoration. An inscription on a stone in New College, Oxford, 
records the death on 18th April, 1619, of one Anthony Aylsworth, 
Regius Professor in the College, under Queen Elizabeth, for some 
fifteen years, and stated by the inscription to have been "descended 
from an eminent and ancient family in Gloucestershire." "Generosa 
et antiqua familia in comit, Glocstr oriundus." 

Job Aylesworth, who settled in Ernesttown, was the father of 
three sons, who came to man's estate, and of four daughters. Of 
the daughters, two married and lived in Ernesttown ; one, 
Elsie, married John Bristol, who had also emigrated from Rhode 
Island, and from this marriage is descended a large family settled 
in Ernesttown, Fredericksburgh and in the county of Prince 
Edward. Another daughter Elizabeth, married Morris Brisco, who 
lived on lot one, in the third concession of Ernesttown, where their 
descendants still reside. 

Of the sons of Job Aylsworth, the best known was the 
youngest, Bowen, who was about ten years of age when his 
parents came to Canada. He married, November 21st, 1797, 
Hannah, daughter of Robert Perry, of Ernesttown, and sister of 
Peter Perry, who afterwards, along with Marshall S. Bid well, 
represented the county in Parliament, from 1824 to 1836. 

Bowen Aylsworth upon his marriage, settled on lot number 
10, in the third concession of Ernesttown, where his grandson 
Bowen E. Aylsworth, ex-M.P.P. for Lennox, now resides. Their 
family consisted of nine sons and four daughters, all of whom 
married and had families, so that at the time of the death of Bowen 
Aylsworth, in 1863, his living children, grandchildren and great- 
grandchildren were over two hundred in number. 

Of his sons, Job, David, Robert, Daniel and Isaac may be 
mentioned : 

David Aylsworth, son of Bowen, resided all his life in the 
township of Ernesttown, and was the father of sixteen children, 
one of whom is Bowen E. Aylsworth, late M.P.P. for the county. 
Robert Aylsworth, son of Bowen, was a farmer, township clerk for 


many years, and a local preacher in the Methodist Church, living 
in the township of Ernesttown, near the village of Odessa. 

Of his sons, the eldest is Rev. David W. Aylsworth, a member 
of the Northern Conference, in the State of New York, and another 
is the Rev. Dr. Isaac B. Aylesworth, now stationed at Sarnia as a 
clergyman of the Methodist Church in Canada. 

Another son of Bowen Aylsworth, Daniel, removed to the 
township of Dorchester in the county of Middlesex, where, after 
serving many years as clerk of the township, he died in 1902. Dr. 
Isaac Brock Aylsworth, son of Bowen, practiced medicine for many 
years in the county of Lennox and Addington, and afterwards 
became a travelling minister of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, 
finally settling in Collingwood as a retired physician and minister. 
His son, George M. Aylsworth, is a practicing physician in Colling- 
wood at the present time. 

Job Aylsworth was a farmer and Justice of the Peace, who 
lived in the township of Camden, near the village of Newburgh, 
and died there on the 7th of August, 1888. One of his sons, John 
B. Aylsworth, still lives upon the same farm. He is the father of 
Allen Bristol Aylesworth, K.C., of Toronto. Another son of Job 
Aylsworth is William R. Aylsworth, of Belleville, present Clerk of 
the county of Hastings. He was educated at the Newburgh 
Grammar School, and received a certificate as school teacher at the 
early age of seventeen. He taught but a few months, having 
determined to adopt the profession of a land surveyor. At the age 
of twenty, he passed the preliminary examination as a student of 
this profession, and in 1858, we find him attending a course of 
lectures upon mineralogy and geology, by Professor Chapman of 
the University of Toronto. He served a three years apprenticeship 
with Aylsworth, Bowen & Parry, and in 1861, was licensed as a 
Provincial Land Surveyor. During the five years next ensuing, 
he was busily engaged at his profession, in public service and pri- 
vate employment; but in 1866, he accepted an appointment as a 
surveyor, engineer and confidential agent to the Rathbun Com- 
pany at Deseronto, a position which he retained until 1891. He 
is at present County Clerk of the county of Hastings, having been 
appointed in 1893. He is also agent for the Mohawk Indians of 
the Bay of Quinte, and an appraiser for the Dominion Government. 


In 1871, he was elected Reeve of the village of Mill Point, in 
Tyendinaga, and for twenty years was Reeve and member of the 
county council of Hastings. In 1878, he contested the riding of 
East Hastings. Being counted out by a technicality he unseated 
his opponent, John White, but did not stand for re-election. In 
1892, he contested East Hastings as a Liberal candidate against 
W. P. Northrup, K.C., M.P., the present member. Mr. Aylsworth 
is a member of the Methodist Church, and is also a Mason, a 
member of the A.O.U.W. (Belleville Lodge), and was chairman of 
the Board of Trustees at Deseronto, eighteen years. 

Allen Bristol Aylesworth, K.C., is well known throughout the 
Dominion. He ranks among the leading barristers of Ontario, and 
his public services include his commendable service as one of the 
arbitrators chosen by the Canadian government in determining the 
Alaskan award. 



I. Benjamin Aylsworth, m. and set. Ernesttown. 

II. Job Aylsworth, m. Annie McGilvray. Issue : (1) Bo wen 
McGilvray, (2) John Bell, (3) Jane Anne, (4) Elizabeth 
Katherine, (5) Mary Margaret, (6) William R. and (7) 
Archibald K. 

III. John , IV. Robert, and (V) David. 

VI. Elizabeth Aylsworth, m. Nathaniel Lucas ; set. Sidney. 

VII. Mary Aylsworth, m. John Lucas; set. Camden East. 

VIII. Ryan and IX Daniel. 

X. Isaac Brock Aylsworth, D.D. Methodist minister; m. set. 

XI. Peter Aylsworth, 

XII. Sarah Ann Aylsworth, m. Mr. Haines; set. Ernesttown. 
XII. Mercy Aylsworth, m. William Bell; set. Ernesttown. 

See II. The Job Aylsworth Branch: 

(1) Bowen McGilvray Aylsworth, m. Mary Jane Hunter; 
set. Baltimore, Md. 


(2) John Bell Aylsworth, m. Katherine Bristol; set. New- 

burgh. Issue : (a) Allen Bristol Ay Is worth, m. 
Adelaide A. Miller; set. Toronto. (Issue: Allen Feather- 
stone), (b) George Anson Bristol, and (c) Emma Bell. 

(3) Jane Ann Aylsworth, m. Rev. Daniel Pomeroy; set. 

(4) Elizabeth Katherine Aylsworth, m. Samuel Crawford ; 
set. Newburgh and finally Chicago. 

(5) Mary Margaret Aylsworth, m. Marshall Huffman ; set. 
Camden East. 

(6) William R. Aylsworth, m. Christina Herchemer. Issue: 
(a) Herchemer, m. Millie, dau. of Captain Samuel 
Anderson, Deseronto. (Issue: Herbert and Bryce). 


John H. Bell, M.D., ex-Mayor of Kingston, was born and 
educated in the Limestone City, and taught as principal of one of 
the city schools for four years with marked success, resigning for 
the purpose of entering Queen's University, from which he 
graduated with honors as Doctor of Medicine 'in 1891. He also 
holds the degree of M.D.C.M. from Trinity School of Medicine, 
Toronto, and is a post graduate from New York and Philadelphia 
Colleges. With astonishing rapidity he made his way to the 
honored position of Chief Magistrate of the oldest city in 

The Doctor is not a novice in municipal duties and honors, 
having been elected as Alderman for Cataraqui Ward in 1897, to 
which position he was re-elected for six successive years, only re- 
signing to assume the higher office of Mayor. As a physician he 
has been singularly successful, and through his ability has rapidly 
risen to occupy a foremost rank among the Medical fraternity in 
the Province; he was born to his profession, and to-day enjoys one 
of the largest practices in Eastern Ontario. 

In the Fraternal World he is well and favorably known 
throughout the Province, occupying many prominent positions in 
several of the leading societies. 


He is Chief Executive Head of the Canadian Order of 
Chosen Friends, one of the most influential Fraternal Orders in 
Canada, occupying the responsible position of Grand Councillor, 
and was elected Grand Medical Examiner in 1905, He is Chief 
Medical Officer of the Canadian Fraternal Association, which is 
an organization composed of nearly all the fraternal societies in 
Canada; a member of the Grand Executive of Canadian Order of 
Oddfellows; a member of the A. F. and A. M., the I. O. F., the C. 
O.C.F., the C.O.O.F., the A.O.U.W, and several other societies. 

Of distinguished ancestry, with pleasing manner and popular 
address, his many friends and admirers confidently predict that 
his oratorical ability, his personal popularity and his genius for 
organization will eventually make Dr. John H. Bell, of Kingston, 
a prominent yes, a commanding figure in our National 


The subject of this sketch is a self-made man. He was born 
in London, England, March 29th, 1857, and before he was eight 
years old, had commenced work in a silk factory and continued at 
this employment, until he was thirteen. At this, time the Home 
of Refuge in London, was sending a number of children to Canada, 
and young Bryant accepted their offer of a passage, but insisted 
upon a distinct understanding that he was to refund the five 
pounds to be paid for same, when he earned the money after 
reaching Canada. This is but one act in his career that 
shows his independence and the kind of material that the boy 
was made of. Immediately on arriving at Belleville he obtained 
employment upon a farm, engaging for eight years at $125.00 for 
the term, which included board and meagre clothing. Without 
going into details, we might mention that $25.00 of the above 
amount was all he ever received for his eight years work. This 
amount he sent to the Home of Refuge to repay his passage 
money, and thus again started in the world without a dollar. But 
he was not a young man to be long out of employment ; he at 
once found work on a farm at ten dollars per month, including 


board, which was afterwards increased to fourteen dollars. By 
dint of industry and economy, he was able, within a few years, to 
start in the farming business, on his own account. In 1895 he 
purchased the Marcus Kelley farm on the Front of Sidney, where 
he now resides. The same year, (February 12th) he married 
Nettie Kelley and they started house-keeping at their new home. 
They have the following children ; Roy, Stanley and William 

We have said that Mr. Bryant is a self-made man. He has 
not only made his way in the world financially; when he arrived 
in Canada he had no education, but aspiring and anxious to 
improve himself, he devoted the long winter nights after his hard 
day's work on the farm was finished, to acquiring an education ; 
and, as a result, he is to-day an intelligent, well read man, taking 
an interest not only in the current events of the day, but in church 
work and all matters conducive to the welfare of the community 
in which he lives. He is a class leader and bible school teacher in 
the Wesley Methodist Church, Front of Sidney ; a Trustee of the 
old historic school section No. 2 ; and he enjoys the respect and 
confidence of all who know him. Mr. Bryant and his family are 
members of the Methodist Church. In politics, he is a Liberal. 


The late Rev. William Bleasdell, D.C.L., M.A., Canon of St. 
George's Cathedral, Kingston, and Rector of St. George's Church, 
Trenton, was born on March 12th, 1817, at Preston, Lancashire, 
England. He was the eldest son of James Bleasdell, a cotton 
manufacturer of the same place, and a descendant -of Sir Thomas 
Tyldesley, who was a gallant commander during the Civil War, in 
the service of Charles I. and Charles II., and who was killed in 
action at Wigan-lane, August 25th, 1651. Canon Bleasdell was 
educated in the Preston Grammar School, and afterwards became 
head-master of Garston Grammar School, Lancashire, England. 
During the term of his mastership, he married, in 1838, Agnes, 
daughter of William Cowell, a corn merchant of Preston. In 1842, 
he began a theological course in Trinity College, Dublin, and 


received his B.A. in 1845, and his M.A. in 1846. He was ordained 
priest by the Rt. Rev. John Bird Summer, then Bishop of Chester, 
and afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury. Dr. Bleasdell was 
incumbent at Colly hurst, Manchester; and in June, 1848, emigrated 
to Canada, having previously received a call from the diocese of 
Toronto. Prior to his departure from Collyhurst, he was presented 
with an illuminated address and a purse of gold. He was appointed 
by the late Bishop Strachan to a newly formed parish, Port Trent, 
theretofore an out station of the Carrying Place. He arrived in 
Trent in the latter part of August, and preached his first sermon 
in St. George's Church on September 3rd, 1848. This church had 
been built in 1845, although not completed until 1851. The Rt. 
Rev. John Strachan, D.D., had given the site for the church and 
burial ground, a small tract of land, towards its endowment, and 
one hundred pounds towards its erection; a like sum being contri- 
buted by Sheldon Hawley. This was the condition of St. George's 
in 1848, when Canon Bleasdell came as its first resident rector. At 
the time he was only thirty-one years old, and being a man of great 
personal activity he entered zealously into his work, completed the 
church even to placing in it a 740 Ib. bell ; in 1854, built the 
parsonage ; and, with the assistance and successful exertions of the 
ladies of St. George's, cleared it of debt. The church was later 
enlarged and improved as the growth of the congregation required, 
and a parochial hall, known as Canterbury Hall, erected. He 
ministered to the wants of the English Church people living within 
a radius of many miles of Trenton, and in early days made the 
trips on horseback. Throughout his whole clerical career he was 
a faithful and zealous worker for the Church, and was deservedly 
honoured by the high ranks he held at the time of his death, viz : 
senior Canon of St. George's Cathedral, Kingston, and senior 
examining chaplain of the diocese. He was also on the executive 
council of Trinity College, Toronto, which conferred upon him the 
degree of D.C.L. It is interesting to recall that the distinguished 
author and politician, Sir Gilbert Parker, was at one time 
curate assisting Canon Bleasdell. 

Nor was it alone in church work that the Canon took an 
active part. He was for many years examiner of Public School 
teachers for Hastings, and for a long time a member of the Trenton 


School Board. His mind was stored with geology, botany, ento- 
mology, conchology and astronomy ; and when, from time to time, 
he took a furlough from ministerial work, it was only to search for 
specimens of interest to the Geological Society of England. His 
papers were always received and read with the greatest interest by 
that Society, and his lectures, which many remember, always dis- 
played a thorough knowledge of, and acquaintance with, the 
subject he had in hand. He was a man of wonderful knowledge, 
and considered an authority in every department of learning. It is 
stated by old residents of the district that in his younger days his 
speeches at dinners of the various societies were always special 
features of the occasions. His long and useful life came to a close 
on August 16th, 1889 ; and his remains were laid to rest under 
the chancel of St. George's Church, Trenton, of which parish he 
had been rector for forty-one years. Canon Bleasdell had one 
brother, Rev. John Bleasdell, B.A., also a graduate of Trinity 
College, Dublin. He was a learned linguist, and translated into 
English the works of leading' authors of the languages of modern 
Europe ; he remained in England and devoted himself, with great 
success, to the preparation of young men entering the leading 
British and Irish Universities. He died in 1887. 



I. Agnes E. Beasdell, m. John Cameron ; set, Toronto. Issue : 

(1) William B. C. Cameron, a writer of some note, m. and 
set. St. Francis, Ont.; no issue. 

(2) Isabella Cameron, m. Sir John Bourinot, K.C.M.G., 
Clerk of the House of Commons ; set Ottawa. Issue : 

(a) Sidney P. and (b) Arthur. 

(3) Charles H. Cameron. 

(4) Agnes Cameron, m. Major Joseph Howe, N.W.M.P., 
nephew of the late Hon. Joseph Howe. Issue : (a) Audrey, 

(b) Josephine and (c) Joseph. 

(5) Maud Cameron. 

II. Marian Bleasdell, m. John B. McGuin, Clerk County Court, 
Napanee. Issue: (1) Frederick A. 


III. James Herbert Tyldesley Bleasdell, Barrister-at-Law, 
Trenton, unm. 

IV. Charles E. Bleasdell, M. D.; d. unmarried. 

V. William H. Bleasdell, m. Agnes McCuaig; set. Toronto. Issue: 
(1) Frances A., (2) Walter H., (3) Florence, (4) Winnifred, 
(5) Arthur, (6) Harold Tyldesley, (7) Isabel and (8) 

VI. Lucy Bleasdell, m. R. C. W. McCuaig, Customs Officer, 

(1) Agetha Tyldesley McCuaig. 

(2) Winnifred McCuaig, m. Robert Sheldon; set. New York. 

(3) Helen McCuaig. 

VII. Arthur W. Bleasdell, m. Nellie Wilson ; set. Fernie, B. C. 
Issue: (1) William A., and (2) Charles H. Tyldesley (d. 

VIII. Florence Bleasdell, unmarried. 


It is learned from Tremon's History of Cape Cod, that one 
Thomas Bowerman, was in Plymouth and Bedford, Massachusetts, 
in 1632 and 1634 respectively. He married Hannah, daughter of 
Anthony Annable in 1644 and had issue: Hannah, Thomas, 
Samuel, Desire, Mary, Mahetabel and Trestrain. Thomas Bower- 
man, the second of these children, married Mary Harper in 1678 
and had issue : Samuel, Thomas, Stephen, Benjamin, Hannah, and 
Waite. Thomas, son of Thomas, married, and his children were : 
Ichabod, Judah, Davis, Silas, Joseph, Sarah, Eliza, Peace and 

Ichabod Bowerman, the eldest of this family was born in the 
Bay Colony in 1721. He married, first Lydia Mott about 1744, 
by whom he had issue : Timothy, Elizabeth, David, Jane, Hannah, 
and Sarah. His second wife was Jane Richmond, whom he 
married in 1757. She was the daughter of Cyrus Richmond and 
granddaughter of Sylvester Richmond, who became a Quaker in 
England in the time of George Fox, and was sent to America, 
where a large tract of land was purchased for him in what is now 


Rhode Island by his brother Edward Richmond, then Bishop of 
London. In this connection it may be mentioned that Mrs. 
Bo werman, in 1797 was buried from the home of her son-in-law, 
Cornelius Blount, and from that time, henceforth, until a 
meeting house was built, Quaker meetings were held at this 
house, the first to be held in Prince Edward County. Ichabod 
Bowerman by his second marriage had a large family, and soon 
after his death, (which occurred in Dutchess County in 1791), 
many of the children, including Lydia, who had married 
Cornelius Blount, emigrated to Prince Edward County and 
settled on either side of the present site of Bloomfield, locating 
themselves along what is now called the main road, for a 
distance of five miles. 

The Bowermans and Blounts were in sympathy with the 
Royal cause but on account of their religious faith, they took 
no part in the war. That they were held in high esteem by their 
neighbors in Dutchess County is evidenced by the fact that 
not only were they not molested during the war, but at the 
time of their departure for Canada, they were allowed to bring 
with them their worldly possessions, which included cattle and 
other live stock. In after years different members of these 
families frequently visited the old home in Dutehess county, 
bringing back with them the best strains of horses, cattle, sheep, 
fowls, etc. They also introduced the finest fruit of that 

Ichabod Bowerman, Jr., was a town or church warden of 
Hallo well in 1798, a position equivalent to that of councillor at 
the present day. Ichabod Bowerman, Jr., married Rebecca Mastin, 
and settled in Hallowell ; he died in 1815 in his 48th year. 

Jonathan Bowerman married Sarah Vincent, and finally set- 
tled in Bloomfield, where he built the first saw mill of the district. 
He was well known as a member of the Society of Friends. He 
died in 1847 in his 88th year. His eldest son, Ichabod, married 
Levina Gardiner and settled in Murray, Northumberland Co. 
They had three sons and one daughter: Amos G., Cornelius, 
Ichabod S. and Susan. Amos G. Bowerman married Dorothy Hill, 
and had three children : John T., David W. and Elizabeth A. 


John T. Bowerman married Fannie I. Porter. He was 
stricken by apoplexy in his 49th year, in the midst of a brilliant 
career as a scholar and teacher, (twenty-three years of which were 
spent in Ottawa), and died in April, 1904. He had taken his M.A. 
degree at Queen's University, Kingston, in 1891, where he won the 
Prince of Wales' medal for natural science, and also specialist 
honors in the same subject. The School Board of Ottawa attended 
his funeral in a body. Like his father before him, he was a Quaker. 

David W., the second son of Amos G. Bowerman, married 
Belvidere Welbanks and settled in Athol. 

Elizabeth A., the youngest child of Amos G. Bowerman, 
married William J. Bushell, who owns a fine farm, with modern 
residence and spacious outbuildings, in Athol township (lots Nos. 
11, 12, and 13 of 1st concession). He is an up-to-date agricultur- 
alist, dealing largely in stock, grain and fruit. 

Among the descendants of Jonathan Bowerman should also be 
mentioned Alva E. and Herbert A., sons of Joseph and grandsons- 
of John Bowerman. They are active business men, proprietors of 
the principal general store in Bloomfield, and, under the firm name 
and style of Bowerman Bros., carry on the principal trade of that 

Ichabod Bowerman had no less than twenty children and 
nearly all of them left descendants, many of whom are well known 
people professional men, and otherwise prominent. The majority 
of the Bowermans, however, have remained farmers. Stephen J. 
Bowerman, grandson of Stephen, fourteenth child of the Pioneer, 
still owns and occupies a part of the original homestead ; he is an 
active and prominent man, and for many years has been secretary 
and treasurer of the Agricultural Society. His children all reside 
with him, except his son Byron G., who is a farmer in the new 
Province of Saskatchewan. 

His brother, Dr. Albert C. Bowerman, married a daughter of 
William Thorn, and is a prominent physician in California. 

Gideon Bowerman, son of the Pioneer, was for many years 
collector of taxes for the township council of Hallowell. He lived 
until 1877, and is buried beside his father in the meeting house 
cemetery of the Friends, west of Bloomfield. 



I. Timothy Bowerman, m. and set. Albany, N. Y. Issue : (1) 

Daniel and (2) Lydia. 

II. Elizabeth Bowerman, b. 1748, d. 1827, m. Ebenezer Palmer; 

set. Dutchess Co. N. Y. Issue: (1) Elizabeth, (2) Lydia, (3) 
Mary, (4) Benjamin, (5) Deborah, (6) Harriet, (7) Lucretia, 
'(8) Stephen, (9) Joseph, (10) James and (11) Phoebe. 

III. David Bowerman, b, 1754, d. 1828, m. Catherine Bartlett; 
set. Hallo well. Issue : (1) John, (2) Benoni, (3) Levi, (4) 
Mary, (5) Cornelius, (6) Ichabod, (7) Sarah, (8) Elizabeth, 
(9) Lydia, (10) Phoebe, and (11) Charlotte. 

IV. Jane Bowerman, m. Sylvester Richmond ; set. Hallowell. 

Issue: (1) Sarah, (2) Job, (3) Cyrus, (4) Abigail (5) 
Ichabod, (6) Phoebe, (7) Lydia, (8) John, (9) Jane and (10) 

V. Hannah Bowerman, m. John Butts ; set. P. E. Co. Issue : 

(1) Lydia, (2) Mary, (3) Hannah, (4) Gresham, (5) Jane and 
(6) David. 

VI. Sarah Bowerman, m. and set. N. Y. State. Issue : (1) Wilbur 
D. and (2) Martha. 

VII. Jonathan Bowerman, b. 1759, d. 1847, m. Sarah Vincent; 
set. Hallowell; Issue: (1) Ichabod, (2) John I., (3) Thomas, 
(4) Cornelius, (5) Abigail, (6) Deborah and (7) Helen. 

VIII. Thomas Bowerman, b. 1760, d. 1810, m. 1st. Sarah Vincent 
and 2nd. Matura Bull ; set. Hallowell. Issue : *by 1st, (1) 
Vincent, and by 2nd, (2) Mary, (3) Sarah, (4) Phoebe, (5) 
Stephen, (6) Joseph, (7) Thomas, (8) Josiah, (9) Amos, (10) 
Lydia, and (11) Patience. 

IX. Lydia Bowerman, b. 1762, d. 1811, m. Cornelius Blount ; set. 
Hallowell. Issue : (1) Joseph, (2) Mary, (3) Jane, and (4) 

X. Phoebe Bowerman, b. 1763, d. 1783, m. Richard Butts; set. 

Dutchess Co, N.Y. Issue: (1) Sarah. 

XI. Mary Bowerman, b. 1765, d. 1849, m. 1st, Nathaniel White, 
and 2nd, Ezra Jennings; set. Hallowell. Issue by 1st: (1) 


Ichabod, (2) Jane, (3) Mary, (4) Jeremiah, (5) Nancy, (6) 
William, (7) Deborah and (8) Nathaniel. 

XII. Ichabod Bowerman, b. 1767, d. 1815, m. Rebecca Mastin ; 
set. Hallowell. Issue : (1) Phoebe, (2) Lydia, (3) Mary, (4) 
Jonathan, (5) Aaron, (6) Gideon, (7) Stephen, (8) Judah, (9) 
Thomas and (10) Sarah. 

XIII. Deborah Bowerman, b. 1771, d. 1819, m. Reuben Vincent; 
set. Dutchess Co., N.Y. Issue: (1) Hoxie, (2) Pauline, (3) 
Elizabeth, (4) Levi, (5) Margaret, (6) Gideon, (7) Platt, (8) 
Lydia, (9) Mary, (10) Jane, (11) Phoebe A. and (12) Thomas B. 

XIV. Stephen Bowerman, b. 1773, d. 1857, m. Amy Hughes ; set. 
Hallowell. Issue: (1) Abigail, (2) Eleanor, (3) Rachael, (4) 
Gideon, (5) Oliver and (6) Sophia. 

XV. Gideon Bowerman, b. 1775, d. 1811, unm.; set. Hallowell. 

XVI. Israel Bowerman, b. 1777, d. 1858, m. Anne Terwilliger; 
set. Hallowell. Issue: (1) Sarah, (2) Anne, (3) Phoebe, (4) 
Joseph, (5) Mary, (6) Laura and (7) Judah. 

XVII. Judah Bowerman, b. 1779, d. 1868, m. 1st Abigail Hughes, 
2nd, Mary Ann Morden, 3rd, Philadelphia Cronkhite, and 4th, 
Lavina Say lor; set. Hallowell. Issue: by 1st, (1) Rachael, 
by 2nd, (2) Abigail, (3) Mary A.; by 4th, (4) Charles G., (5) 
Judah H., (6) Margaret J., (7) Elizabeth and (8) Lydia S. 

XVIII. Nancy Bowerman, b. 1780, d. 1862, m. George Elsworth; 
set. Hallowell. Issue : (1) Israel, (2) Mary, (3) Susannah, (4) 
John, (5) Phoebe, (6) Diana, (7) Nancy, (8) Louisiana, (9) 
Roxylana, (10) Gideon and (11) Caroline. 

XIX. Amos Bowerman. 

XX. Vincent Bowerman. 


See VII. The Jonathan Bowerman Branch : 

(1) Ichabod Bowerman, m. Lavina Gardiner; set. Murray. 
Issue : (a) Amos G., m. Dorothy Hill ; set. Cherry Valley. 
Issue : John T. (m. Fanny I. Potter ; set. Ottawa, no 
issue), David W. (m. Belvidere Wellbanks; set. Athol) 
and Elizabeth A. (m. Wm. J. Bushell ; set. Athol ; no 
issue; (6) Cornelius, m. 1st, Mariam Mastin, 2nd, Phoebe 
Vandewater, 3rd, and 4th, Eliza Cronk ; set. 


Deseronto. (Issue: by 1st, Emma J. and by 2nd Smith); 

(c) Ichabod, m. Adelia Wackett ; set. California, (Issue: 
Claude, William, Fred, Charles, Myrtle and others); and 

(d) Susan, m. George Chatterson ; set. near Belleville ; 
no issue. 

(2) John I. Bowerman, m. Pollie Harris ; set. West Lake, 

Hallo well. Issue : (a-) Phoebe, m. Thomas Phillips ; set. 
Thurlow, (b) Martha, m. George Scriver; set. Napanee. 
(Issue: Catherine, George, Martha and Annie); (c) Olive, 
m. Miles Lucas; set. Bloomfield. (Issue: John G. 
Clarinda, Daniel, Betsey, Martha, Ann and ano. dau. d. 
y.); (d) Jonathan, m. Ann O'Raggan ; set, Bloomfield. 
(Issue: Alice A., John and Mary E.,) (e) Henry, m. 
Maria Lucas; set. Napanee. (Issue: Mary E., Sarah E. 
and Bertha), (/) Valentine, m. Charlotte Cannon ; set. 
Bloomfield. (Issue : Charles, Catherine S., Samuel JL 
and William), (g) Sarah, m. George VanAlstine ; set. 
Napanee, (h) Clara, m. William Cannon ; set. Bloomfield. 
(Issue: Lucy A.), (i) Julia A., m. Minard Mastin ; set. 
Bloomfield, (j) Stephen, m. Mahala Reid; set. Picton. 
(Issue: Minnie), (k) Thomas G., d. y., and (I) Samuel, m. 
1st, Mary Gerow, 2nd, Elizabeth A. Bushell and 3rd, 
Mrs. Elizabeth A. Dulmage, nee Ostrander ; set. Salmon 
Point. (Issue: by 1st, John F. and Stephen R.) 

(3) Thomas Bowerman, m. Jane Mott ; set. United States. 

(4) Cornelius Bowerman, m. Martha Morgan ; set. Bloomfield. 

(a) Deborah, m. William Gerow; set. Bloomfield. (Issue: 
Adelaide, Martha, Arnold, Edward, Ichabod and Sarah). 

(b) Hannah, m. Oliver Gerow, set. Port Perry. (Issue : 
John A., Edward C., Deborah A., Thomas and Gideon), 

(c) John, m. Hannah Honeywell ; set. Wisconsin. (Issue : 
Rufus, Ida W., Ira, Melissa and May), (d) Ichabod, m. 1st, 

Jane Me Vein and 2nd, ;set. Huron County. (Issue: 

John, Adam H., Cornelius and Martha), (e) Daniel, m. 
Elizabeth Brown ; set: Conger Mills. (Issue : Cornelius, 
Daniel and Sarah E.), (/) Leonard, m. Barbara Lambert; 
set. Cherry Valley. (Issue: William H.), (g) Thomas, m. 
Rose C. Cunningham; set. Toronto. (Issue: Carrie A., 


Frank C., T. Morgan and William G.), (h) Sarah E., m. 
1st, Addison McFaul and 2nd, William Midmer; set. 
Evans Mill, N.Y. (Issue: Eva and Alfretta), (i) Jane, m. 
Gideon Gerow; set. Victoria, B.C. (Issue: Hannah J., 
Augustus and William, d. y.), (j) Frances L., m. Dr. 
William S. Fraleigh ; set. Toronto. (Issue : Lillian M. 
Hilda L., Jane A., (m. Arthur F. Clubb ; set. Toronto. 
Issue : Lawrence C., Francis and John A.B.) and Ella 
L. unm.; (k) Joseph Bowerman, m. Melissa Spafford ; set. 
Bloomfield. Issue: Alva E., (m. Ella Moore; set. Bloom- 
field. Issue: Marjory and Walter), Rev. El wood G., 
unm. ; Herbert A., (m. Ada Snow ; set. Bloom- 
field). Edith, unm. ; Thomas G., (m. Flossie Thomp- 
son ; set. Bloomfield), Kenneth W., unm. ; set. Bloom- 
field; and (1) Phoebe, m. David Gilmore ; set. Picton. 
(Issue : Stanley and Maud). 

(5) Abigail Bowerman, m. 1st, Smith Leavens and 2nd, 
Ambrose Chapman ; set. Leeds County. Issue : (a) Dor- 
land, and (6) Elizabeth, m. Albert Jerome; set. Brighton. 

(6) Deborah Bowerman, m. Thomas Brown ; set. Bloomfield. 

Issue : (a) Jonathan Brown, m. Susan Baker ; set. Wel- 
lington. (Issue : Ida, m. Frederick T. Brickman ; set. B.C. 
no issue) ; Joseph T., m. Villa Thuresson ; set. Toronto. 
(Issue : Leila M., Helen M. and Lindley J., unm., set. 
Nelson, B.C.), (6) Margaret, unm. ; set. Bloomfield, (c) 
Dora, m. Mr. Haight, (d) Jane, m. Henry Cameron ; set. 
Picton, and (e) Thomas, m. Phoebe Haight ; set. Ingersoll. 
Teacher Deaf and Dumb Institute. (Issue : Adalbert 
and a dau.) 

(7) Helen Bowerman. 

See XIV. The Stephen Bowerman Branch: 

(4) Gideon Bowerman, m. Mary Christie ; set. Bloomfield. 
Issue : (a) Stephen J. Bowerman, m. Elizabeth Lucas ; 
set. Hallo well. (Issue : Byron G., m. Margaret Hicks ; set. 
Assiniboia. (Issue : Ralph J. and Albert), Rachael M., 
Ethel M., Stephen Earl and Alma H. (6) Albert C. 
Bowerman, M.D., m. 1st, Ida E. Bedell and 2nd, Lilly 
Thorn ; set. California. 


See XVI. The Israel Bowerman Branch: 

(7) Judah Bowerman, m. Miss Bull ; set Simcoe. Issue : (a) 
Joseph F. Bowerman, m. Abigail L. Davis. (Issue : 
Israel J., m. Mary Foster. (Issue : Martha, Franklin, 
Edward, Joseph, Carrie, William and Bert); Benjamin, 
m. Sarah Brunnell ; set. Simcoe. (Issue : Lockwood, 
Elizabeth, Charlotte, Joseph, Abigail, Simeon, Frank, 
John, Jane, Benjamin and four d. y.); Elizabeth m. 
Benjamin Barnhart ; set. Simcoe. (Issue : Joseph, Abigail, 
Richard, Simeon, Mary, Hiram and one d.y.) ; Catherine, 
m. Edward Sing ; set. Dakota. (Issue : Harriet, 1 son 
and 1 dau.) ; Phoebe, m. William Elliott ; set. Wisconsin. 
(Issue : Milton, Phoebe, Wilbur and Harriet) ; Richard 
R., m. Phoebe Smith ; set. Manitoulin Island. (Issue : 
Reuben, Susanna, John, Phoebe, William, Francis and 
Hermon) ; Mary, m. Thomas McNish ; set. Wisconsin. 
(Issue : Abigail, Maud, Eva, Nettie, Welcome and Alma) ; 
John, d. y. ; John B., m. Margaret Crowe ; set. Simcoe. 
(Issue : Ida, Mabel, William, Victor, Elizabeth, Violet, 
Juanita, Cornelius, Mary and Charles) ; Joseph T., m. 
Catherine McLean : set. Manitoulin. (Issue, : Anna, 
Catherine, Elizabeth and Abigail) ; Francis D., m. Mary 
A. Campaigne ; set. Toronto. (Issue : Eva M., Sadie M., 
Abigail L., Mary, Lizzie M. and Phoebe P.) ; Millicent, 
m. Daniel McMillen ; set. Grey County. (Issue : Abigail 
F., Norma. Virgil, Millicent and Russell). (6) Nettie 
Bowerman, m. Peter Master ; set. Simcoe. (Issue : Joseph, 
Israel, Nancy, Jonathan and Harriet), (c) Phoebe Bower- 
man, m. Joseph Rogers ; set. Whitby. (Issue : Wilson, 
Lockwood and Phoebe), (d) Mary Bowerman, m. Ralph 
Hill ; set. Simcoe. (Issue : Israel, Jobelia, Mary, Amy and 
others), (e) Laura Bowerman, m. Richard Richmond ; set. 
Simcoe. (Issue : Charles, Alfred, Emily and John), (/) 
Judah Bowerman, m. Millicent Smith ; set. Simcoe. 
(Issue : Phoebe, Eliza, Mary, William, Nelson, Judah, 
Anna, Minnie and ano.) 

See XVII. The Judah Bowerman Branch : 

(1) Rachael Bowerman, m. Peter Cronkhite ; set. Wellington. 


Issue : (a) Peter, (6) Philip, (c) John, (d) Stephen, (e) 
Abigail, (/) Rachael M. and (g) Samuel Say lor. 

(2) Abigail Bowerman, m. 1st, Mrs. Ferguson, and 2nd, Mrs. 

Palmer; set. Michigan. 

(3) Charles G. Bowerman, m. Mary J. Brewer ; set. Bloom- 

field. Issue : (a) William K., (b) Judah P., (c) Elizabeth, 
(d) David B. and (e) Lindley H., barrister, unm.; set. 

(4) Judah Bowerman, m. Miss Ellsworth ; set. Western States. 


Colonel Richard Bullock, belonged to an old and aristocratic 
family in Ireland, who for centuries had occupied a prominent 
place in the social and landed interests of that country. At this 
date, very little is known of the Colonel's early career, and the 
facts embodied in this narrative are mainly collected from his 
private papers and records, many of which are to be found in his 
old prayer book, from which we learn that he was twice married, 
and that " Mary Bullock, daughter of Richard and Eleanor 
Bullock, was born at Worchester, March 30th, 1788; Maria 
Bullock, second daughter of Richard and Eleanor Bullock, was 
born December 4th, 1789, at Kinsale, Ireland; and Richard 
Bullock, first son of Richard and Eleanor Bullock, was born Octo- 
ber, 1792, at Granard, in the County of Longford, Ireland." 

The fact of the above three children being each born in a dif- 
ferent town, is easily accounted for, by his regiment being at the 
respective garrisons of those towns at the time. These appear to 
be all the children of the first wife, who must have died shortly 
after, for in an old affidavit among the Bullock family papers, 
made by Christopher English of the Waterford Regiment, he 
declares, " that Jane English, his sister, was married in the parish 
church, Affane, ,County of Waterford, on or about the 22nd of 
July, 1797, to Richard Bullock, then lieutenant in his Majesty's 
Foot, and later a captain in said regiment, and that his said sister 
accompanied her husband, Captain Richard Bullock, with the 41st 
Regiment to Canada in 1800, where he died." Another affidavit 


found among the family papers, sets forth the following facts with 
reference to the Pioneer and his second marriage. It reads as 
follows : 

" Sir Christopher F. Musgrave, of Yonghal, in the County of 
Cork, Baronet, this day made oath before me, that on or about 
the 22nd day of July, in the year 1797, he was present at the 
parish church at Affane, in the County of Waterford, at the mar- 
riage of Richard Bullock, quartermaster and lieutenant in His 
Majesty's Forty-first of Foot and then at Cappoquin in said county, 
with Jane English, daughter of Andrew English, of Hittlebridge, 
in said county of Waterford." 

These documents fix the exact year that Colonol Bullock came 
with his regiment to Canada, as well as the high social standing 
occupied by his wife's family. From other sources published 
in connection with the Colonel's history, it appears that 
the second Mrs. Bullock was in receipt of an annuity for many 
years after she came to Canada, and perhaps up to the time of her 

The exceedingly troublous times that existed throughout 
Lower and Upper Canada, just after the close of the Revolutionary 
War, afforded the Colonel opportunities and action for his 
energetic military temperament, and by the records of his childrens' 
births, some at Quebec, one at Fort George, another at Montreal, a 
son at Micholimackinac and another at Chippewa, it is evident that 
his regiment was frequently called upon in the defence of our 
country at different military posts. 

When the War of 1812 broke out, both Colonel Bullock and 
his son Richard, who was also an officer, had their full share in the 
grand achievements and valorous deeds belonging to that memor- 
able time. Colonel Bullock was in command of the 41st Regiment 
whose bravery, courage, and distinguished service, are matters of 
Canadian history. Colonel Bullock was with General Brock when 
he fell at Queenston Heights. He with his regiment, in which his 
son Richard was an officer, and present with him in all the 
important battles and engagements, were with that portion of the 
army that advanced upon Detroit in the summer of 1812, which 
led to the capture of General Hull and twenty-five hundred of the 
enemy's troops; and to Richard, with the command of sixty men, 


was entrusted the safe conduct of General Hull with many officers 
and men; among others Lewis Gas's, afterwards nominated for 
President of the United States. 

Colonel Bullock and his regiment participated in the engage- 
ment on the Miami River;, near Fort Meigs, May, 1813, where 
Richard was severely wounded, and honourably mentioned in the 
despatches. They were present at the storming of Fort Stephens? 
near Sandusky, Ohio, in August, 1813, when Richard led the 
Grenadier Company of his father's 41st Infantry ; also at or near 
Moraviantown, when General Proctor was overtaken and defeated. 
Upon this occasion the general commanding, having abandoned the 
field and sought safety in flight, Richard happened to be the only 
officer who was not either killed, wounded, imprisoned, or missing; 
and it was he who collected the scattered remains of the division 
and effected their junction with the Centre Division of the army 
on Burlington Heights. The Colonel and his " Fighting 41st," 
with Richard in command of the flank company, took part in the 
storming and capture of Fort Niagara, on which occasion they 
were both honourably mentioned in the " Public Despatch." On 
the 30th of December, 1813, they engaged with the forces under 
Major General Riall, swept the Niagara frontier of the enemy, and 
burned down the towns of Buffalo and Black Rock, in retaliation 
for the burning of the British town of Niagara. The gallant 
Colonel and his renowned 41st were at the storming of Fort Erie, 
on the 15th of August, Richard leading the Grenadier Company in 
many desperate charges during the day, in which engagement he 
received no less than four wounds, including one in the head, from 
which he suffered to his dying day. He was, on this occasion, thanked 
and honourably referred to in the despatches. The Colonel him- 
self, during his career of active service, was several times wounded, 
but never so seriously as to become invalided home. When peace 
was signed he elected to retire from active service, and the British 
Government granted him half pay as a colonel for life. He was 
also granted a large block of land at the Carrying Place, and 
thither the Colonel and his family repaired to settle down. The 
particular locality he chose, upon the banks of the Dead 
Creek (named by the Colonel himself from its dark and stagnant 
waters), has now lost its identity, for the Murray canal was exca- 


vated on the site of the original bed of the stream, through the 
Dead Creek valley. 

Richard Bullock, his son, who had now risen to the same 
rank as his father, accompanied his regiment on their return 
home to the Old Country ; but he afterwards retired from the army 
and came out to the Carrying Place, and joined his family. 

Colonel Bullock, Sr., appears to have been the presiding 
personage in all important offices and functions, and as such, he 
was recognized by the Government, and it was the usual practice 
to have all land, which was selected in the vicinity of the Carrying 
Place, ratified by his recommendation. He formed the first 
Masonic Lodge at the Carrying Place, and was its first Grand 

In character, Colonel Bullock was very austere, strictly 
truthful and scrupulously honest ; just in all his social and public 
dealings ; a firm believer in the best traditions of the aristocracy, 
the divine right of Kings and the established Church. He was a 
very kind-hearted man, which he concealed by a brusque and 
military bearing. He died from rheumatic gout, about 1824. 
His wife, Jane Bullock, survived him until 1834, dying in her 
fifty -eighth year. 

Richard, his son, after he had retired from the army and came to 
succeed his father, became one of the most prominent men in civil 
life, of his day and period. He was for years Adjutant General of 
the Militia for Upper Canada. He was successively appointed by 
Sir John Colborne and Sir F. Bond Head, to the respective offices 
of Collector of Customs at Port Hope, the Shrievalty of 
Prince Edward District, and finally to the Shrievalty of the 
Midland District, in 1837. When the MacKenzie Rebellion broke 
out, Colonel Richard Bullock was summoned by his Excellency, to 
Toronto, and requested to take upon himself the onerous duties- 
of Adjutant General of Militia, with the view of increasing, 
organizing and rendering the militia efficient. During the first 
year of the '37 Rebellion, Colonel Richard Bullock increased the 
strength of the Sedentary Force, from thirty-four thousand to 
forty-three thousand, and subsequently in the year 1844, to eighty 
thousand. In addition to this he organized fifty-one incorporated 
corps and eighty independent troops and companies of artillery, 


cavalry and infantry, during which time he issued six thousand 

As has been previously stated, he was the eldest son of the 
old Colonel, by his first marriage, and he was born at Granard, 
County of Longford, Ireland, in 1792, when his father's regiment 
was in garrison at that town. His marriage is also recorded in 
the Colonel's old prayer book by the following entry : " Richard 
and Margaret Bullock were married on the 13th of March, 1828, 
at Niagara, by the Rev. Thomas Addison." 

Colonel Bullock, Sr., by his second wife, had twelve children, 
namely: Eliza, Henry, Peter, William Christopher, Jane, Mary 
Letitia, Sarah, Harriet, John, James, Charles and Lucy. 

Christopher Bullock was twice married, his first wife being 
Eliza Proudfoot, and settled at Brighton, where he followed the 
business of lumbering on a large scale, owning timber limits, log- 
ging camps and shanties of his own. He was born at Quebec in 
1804, and died in Brighton in 1881, at the age of seventy-seven. 
His son, David Cory Bullock, married Adelaide Bettis. He has 
been a leading grocer and business man in the village of Brighton 
since 1869, serving for years in the council and upon the school 
board. At present he is practically retired from mercantile busi- 
ness, and occupies his time in looking after several farms, which 
he owns in the district. 

Of his children it may be mentioned, that his two sons, the 
Bullock Bros., (Clarence Christopher and David Arthur) conduct 
the mercantile business formerly owned by their father, and are 
among the most progressive and successful merchants in the Bay 
district. Their sister, Helen Louisa, is at home in Brighton, while 
Agnes Ethel attends the intermediate conservatory of music. 



I. Thomas Dorman Bullock, d. y. 

II. Richard Bullock, m. and set. in Chicago. 

III. Jane A. Bullock, m. A. B. Reynall ; set. Rochester, N.Y. 

IV. George Derham Bullock, m. and set. in N.Y. 


V. Lyall Bullock, m. Frances Cunningham ; set. New York. 

VI. David Cory Bullock, m. Adelaide V. Bettis ; set. Brighton. 
Issue. (1) Clarence Christopher, (2) David Arthur, (3) Helena 
Louisa and (4) Agnes Ethel. 


See VI. The David Cory Bullock Branch: 

(1) Clarence Christopher Bullock, m. Frances Lawrence ; set. 

Brighton. Issue : (a) Hiram D. L. 

(2) David Arthur Bullock, m. Eva Beech ; set. Brighton. 
Issue: (a) Herbert Arthur and (b) Edna Adelaide. 

(3) Helena Louisa Bullock, unm. ; set. Brighton. 

(4) Agnes Ethel Bullock, unm. ; set. Brighton. 


In the days before New York city and the territory of the 
Empire State were known under their present designation, the 
commercial metropolis of the colony on Manhattan Island was 
named New Amsterdam. It was largely inhabited by Dutch 
Protestants and Huguenot exiles, and among the former was the 
family of Bongards, to which Conrad Bongard belonged. He lived 
in New York city, but had gone to Germany and served as an 
artillery man. Returning to New York he went to Philadelphia, 
and became a prominent citizen. It was here that he had to deter- 
mine on which side to range himself in the Revolution. It did not 
take him long to offer his services to the British, to whom his 
military experience in the German army made him an acquisition. 
He insisted on raising a battery of artillery, and was given a com- 
mission for this preliminary service, which was an earnest of more 
to follow. His skill as an artillery officer soon won him promo- 
tion, and before long he was in command of his battery, with the 
rank of colonel. He served throughout the war, and at its close 
threw in his lot with such noted United Empire Loyalists as Joseph 
Allen, who had been a successful business man in Monmouth 
County, New Jersey, but whose property had been plundered by 
the Colonials, and who had several narrow escapes on his way to 
New York to join the band of refugees under Major Van Alstine. 


It was during his residence in Philadelphia that Conrad 
Bongard married a widow named Carr, who accompanied him to 
Canada. As a field officer he was entitled under the government, 
grateful for his services, to five thousand acres of land. He settled 
himself at Adolphustown, and as it was usual for field officers to 
sell grants of land to other loyalists of inferior rank in the army, 
Colonel Conrad disposed of some tracts of land in both North and 
South Marysburg. His second son and namesake, Conrad, married 
into the Dulmage family and cared for his father on the old home- 
stead, where the Pioneer passed away about 1850. 

Although loyal to the British Crown, Conrad Bongard never 
lost his attachment to the Fatherland. It was more from choice, 
probably, than necessity that he continued to speak English with no 
great concern as to its accuracy in any respect; and this was charac- 
teristic of his children after many years of association with those 
who spoke English. 

Conrad, son of Conrad Bongard, served through the war of 
1812, attaining to the rank of Captain; he drew a pension until 
his death. His children are widely scattered : John resides at 
Picton; J. Wilson, at Greenbush; Ezra, at Norwood; William W., 
at Port Milford ; Abraham, at Prince Albert ; Conrad, at Toronto ; 
and Jacob, at Utica, N.Y. 

David L. Bongard is a prominent descendant of the Pioneer. 
Although still comparatively a young man he has been county 
treasurer for over fifteen years; and for some twenty-one years, 
has been license inspector, discharging his duties faithfully and 
well. He ranks among the foremost men, not only of Prince 
Edward, but of the entire Bay of Quinte district. 

James J., son of Frederick, and grandson of Conrad Bongard, 
married Isabella Ostrander, and .with his two sons, Arthur and 
Frederick, resides on the old homestead, beautifully located on 
South Bay, which has been in possession of the family since it was 
granted by the Crown. He has been an active citizen, sitting for 
some years as a member of the township council and still takes a 
keen interest in political affairs, being a staunch supporter of the 
Conservative party. His children have inter-married with promi- 
nent Prince Edward families ; the two sons, above named, having 
both married daughters of the famous old pioneer Church family. 



I. Bernard Bongard, m. Phoebe Palmatier ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue: (1) Susan, (2) Phoebe, (3) Lydia, (4) Catherine, (5) 
William and (6) Conrad. 

II. Conrad Bongard, m. Jane Dulmage; set. on old homestead and 

took care of old Pioneer. Issue: (1) Susan, (2) Jacob, (3) 
Sarah, (4) Conrad, (5) George, (6) Abraham, (7) William W., 
(8) Louisa, (9) Ezra, (10) Wilson and (11) John. 

III. Frederick Bongard, m. Sarah Knapp ; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Rebecca, (2) Susan, (3) Nancy, (4) James J. (5) 
Peter, (6) Martha, (7) Lucy, (8) Sarah and (9) John. 

IV. John Bongard, m. (1st) Miss VanVlack and (2nd) Abigail Tobey ; 

set. N. Marysburg. Issue: (by 1st) (1) John; and (by 2nd) 
(2) Conrad, (3) Sarah, (4) Job D., (5) Ann E., (6) Hannah, 
(7) Mary J., (8) Catherine, (9) Adelia, (10) Amelia and (11) 

V. Margaret Bongard, m. John Cannon ; set. S. Marysburg. 

VI. Mary Bongard, m. William P. Williams ; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Elizabeth, (2) Sarah, (3) Mary A., (4) William, (5) 
John P., (6) Susan, (7) Harriet, (8) George, (9) Jane, (10) 
Margaret, (11) Conrad and (12) Daniel S. 

VII. Dorothy Bongard, m. (1st) Mr. McGraw and (2nd) Rowland 
Griffith ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue: (by 1st) (1) Susan and 
(2) Nancy; and (by 2nd) (3) William, (4) Sarah, (5) Elizabeth, 
(6) Bashy, (7) Rowland and (8) Stephen. 

VIII. Christiana Bongard, m. Peter Rose ; set. N. Marysburg. 

See I. The Bernard Bongard Branch: 

(1) Susan Bongard, m. Simon Denier e; set. near Picton. 

Issue: (a) John, (b) Austin, (c) Bernard, (d) Philip, (e) 

(2) Phoebe Bongard, m. Peter C. Minaker ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Diana, (b) Barnet, (c) Charles, (d} Maria, (e) 
Alzina and (/) another dau. 

(3) Lydia Bongard, m. Alexander Mclntosh ; set. S. Marys- 


burg. Issue : (a) Isabella, (6) Daniel, (c) Mary J. (d) 
Margaret, (e} Catharine, (/) Barnet, ((/) John, (h) Phoebe 
and (i) Sarah. 

(4) Catharine Bongard, m. John Kelly ; set. N. Marysburg. 

(5) William Bongard, m. Margaret Minaker ; set. N. Marys- 

burg. Issue : (a) Louise, (b) Robert, (c) Phoebe J. (d) 
Charles, (e) William, (/) John and (g) Victoria. 

(6) Conrad Bongard, m. Mrs. Allan (nee Creighton) ; set. N. 

Marysburg. Issue : (a) John and (6) Henry. 

See II. The Conrad Bongard Branch : 

(1) Susan Bongard, m. Dr. Nutting ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Mary J., (6) Ida, (c) Victoria, (d) Marshall. 

(2) Jacob Bongard, m. Sarah Taylor ; set. near Port Perry. 

Issue : (a) William, (b) James W., (c) Emma, (d) Flora 
and (e) Mabel. 

(3) Sarah Bongard, m. Philip Ranons; set. near Whitby. 

Issue : (a) Saphronia, (b) Mary, (c) Elizabeth, (d) Jane 
A. and (e) John. 

(4) Conrad Bongard, m. 1st Sarah Trotter, and 2nd, Jane 

Tewksbury ; set. near Prince Albert. Issue : by 1st, (a) 
Byron W. and (b) Sarah ; and by 2nd, (c) William V., 
(d) John, (e) Edward, (/) Frank, (h) Ida, (i) Bert, (j) 
Arthur, (k) Gertrude, (1) Maud and,^) Walter. 

(5) George Bongard, m. Kate Brown ; set. Utica, N.Y. Issue: 

(a) Annie and (b) Frances. 

(6) Abraham Bongard, m. Mary Ross; set. Prince Albert. 

Issue: (a) Sarah Bongard, m. Stewart E. Bruce; set. 
Toronto. No issue. (6) Elizabeth Bongard, m. James S. 
Wayne; set. Cincinnati. No issue, (c) Robert R. 
Bongard, m. Elsie Johnston ; set. Toronto. Issue : Gordon 
R. and Margery, (d) John E. Bongard, d. y. (e) Charles 
W. Bongard ; set. Toronto, unm. (/) Mabel Bongard. 

(7) William W. Bongard, m. (1st) Cynthia A. Minaker and 

(2nd) Henrietta Brown ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : (by 
1st) (a) William L., (b) Annie M., (c) Clarissa J., and 
(by 2nd) (d) Lilly M., (e) Frank E., (/) Lulu M. 

(8) Louisa Bongard, m. Capt. Pool Cameron; set. Picton. 


Issue: (a) James, (b) Hartwell, (c) Malcolm, (d) Llewellyn, 
(e) Wesley and (/) Louisa. 

(9) Ezra Bongard, m. Amanda Dulmage; set. Norwood. Issue: 

(a) Edward, (b) Benson W., (c) Ida M., (d) Sarah and 
(e) Francis. 

(10) Wilson Bongard, in. Martha Young; set. N. Marysburg. 
Issue : (a) 'Benson W. and (b) Blanche H. 

(11) John Bongard, in. Emma Wright; set. Toronto. Issue : 
(a) Gertrude and (b) Samuel. 

See III. The Frederick Bongard Branch : 

(1) Rebecca Bongard, m. Jacob Palmatier ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Willet, '(b) Marcellus, (c) Daniel, (d) Clarissa, 
(e) Sarah E., (/) Isabella, (g) Jane, (h) Susan and (i) 

(2) Susan Bongard, m. Daniel Hyatt ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Frederick, (b) Vincent, (c) Jacob, (d) Jane, and 
(e) Nettie. 

(3) Nancy Bongard, m. John DeWetty ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Francis, (b) Sarah, (c) Manly, (d) Davis, (e) 
Martha, (/) Mahala and (g) Emma. 

(4) James J. Bongard, m. Isabella Ostrander ; set. S. Marys- 

burg. Issue : (a) Sarah, (b) Amos, (c) George, (d) Arthur, 
(e) Frederick, (/) Helen, and (g) Waity. 

(5) Peter Bongard, m. Deborah Ostrander ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Hiram, (d) John, (c) Herbert, (d) Lucy A., (e) 
Annie and (/) May. 

(6) Martha Bongard, m. Marcellus Vorce ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Nina E. 

(7) Lucy Bongard, m. LeRoy Spafford ; set. S. Marysburg. 

(8) and (9) Sarah and John Bongard, died young. 
See IV. The John Bongard Branch: 

(1) John Bongard, d. unm. 

(2) Conrad Bongard, m, Mrs. Allen nee Creighton ; set. N. 

Marysburg. Issue : (a) John Bongard, d, age 19, (b) 
Henry Bongard, m. Alexandra Wright ; set. North 
Marysburg. No issue. 

(3) Sarah Bongard, m. Thomas Bamford ; set. N. Marysburg 

and finally Calgary. 


(4) Joseph D. Bongard, m. Jane Beith ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) John B. and (b) Maude. 

(5) Ann E. Bongard, m. Andrew Kerr ; set. finally Calgary. 

(6) Hannah Bongard, m. Charles McDonnell ; set. S. Marys- 


(7) Mary J. Bongard, m. James E. W. Patterson ; set. Picton. 

Issue : (a) Sarah A. Patterson, m. Edward B. Harrison ; 
set. N. Marysburg. Issue : Beulah and Mabel B. and (b) 
Mabel R. Patterson, unm. ; set. Lindsay. 

(8) Catherine Bongard, m. Ambrose LaLaune ; set. N. Marys- 

burg. Issue : (a) Olivia, (b) Arthur, (c) Edward, and 
(d) Jessie. 

(9) Adelia Bongard, m. John Cavan ; set, N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) David J., (6) Thomas, (c) Margaret and (d) 

(10) Amelia Bongard, m. (1st) James Striker, and (2nd) 
Allan Cavan ; set. Bloomfield and finally Calgary ; no 

(11) David L. Bongard, m. Emily Hart; set. Picton ; no issue. 


Measured historically it is but yesterday since the click of the 
settler's axe first alarmed the creatures of the forest on the shores 
of the Bay of Quinte, and yet the men who wielded those axes, the 
buildings they erected, the rugged children that went out from 
their cabin homes, and nearly all their children's children, have 
passed away. The few surviving grandchildren are aged and 
infirm, and the old armchairs may soon be occupied by the great- 
grandchildren of the pioneers ! 

Charles Hanson Bonisteel, who resides on the Front of Sidney, 
is one of the few surviving grandchildren. He is in his eighty- 
fifth year, and lives on the land purchased by his grandfather in 
1797. The old Bonisteel deed, with its ponderous seal, and the 
" grandfather's clock," of the Hagerman family, are in his posses- 
sion ; while the " grandfather's clock," of the Bonisteel family, is in 
the possession of his son, William M. Bonisteel. These family 


clocks were made in the old Bonisteel house, about one hundred 
years ago ; Charles Bonisteel giving a Yankee clockmaker the use 
of one of the rooms for a few weeks. 

John Bonisteel, the Canadian pioneer, came from Germany, 
and settled in Dutchess County, New York. While living there, 
he married Catharine Surnberry. It is said that he came to 
Canada before the war, but it is not certain how long he lived in 
Sidney before he obtained the patent for his 400 acres of land in 
1797. It does appear, however, that for several years he had his 
gristing done at Kingston ; a fact indicating early settlement in 
Sidney. He died about 1824 in his seventieth year ; his wife died 
about 1848, in her eightieth year-. 

As has been stated, Charles R. Bonisteel lives, and has 
always lived, on the homestead where his grandfather John 
Bonisteel settled in 1797. There is no other man in Sidney 
better posted in matters pertaining to pioneer days in the old 
township. In his early boyhood days, the Front was sparsely 
settled, and the back concessions were unbroken wilderness. He is 
one of the very few left who knew that old race of sturdy and 
courageous pioneers long since gone to their rest. As will be 
learned from the appended genealogy of the Bonisteel family, he 
was twice married, on each occasion uniting with the daughter of 
another old pioneer family. He married Elizabeth Hagerman in 
1837; and in 1866 he married his second wife, who was a daughter 
of Stephen Hogle and granddaughter of Francis Hogle. In the 
early thirties he enlisted in the Hastings Militia, and was 
successively promoted from private to Major. Notwithstanding 
that he married in the same year, he took an active part in the 
Ly on -Mackenzie Rebellion. That was before the advent of rail- 
ways, and he contributed a team with which to transport the 
troops and supplies from Kingston to Toronto. There is a 
tradition in the troublous days of the Rebellion, a refugee 
sought protection at the old Bonisteel homestead and was secreted 
in the oven. The party in pursuit made a diligent search in the 
1, but did not open the oven door because it was covered with 
a spider's web. The busy spider had woven the web immediately 
after the man had entered the oven, thus preventing his capture 
and possibly saving his life ! 


In the same year as the Mackenzie Rebellion, Charles R. 
Bonisteel joined the L.O.L. Not only is he now one of the oldest 
members of that Order in Ontario, but he is also one of the oldest 
magistrates of Ontario. He was class leader in the historic 
White's church for over thirty years, and still holds the office of 
trustee. In all his political life of staunch conservatism, of the 
Sir John A. MacDonald school, he only remembers once having 
failed to vote. The omission was owing to conscientious scruples, 
and a lack of confidence in the conservative nominee. 

His son and the eldest of his family, Charles H. Bonisteel, is 
a prosperous farmer and citizen who is also a strong conservative 
and great admirer of the late Sir John A. MacDonald. He and 
his wife are active church workers, and for years he has been 
steward and trustee of the church, and, before the amalgamation 
of the Methodist churches, was class-leader. Another son of 
the venerable Charles R. Bonisteel is William M. Bonisteel 
who lives on the rear end of the second concession. He attended 
the old No. 2 school in his boyhood, married Clarissa Kelley 
in 1876, and moved to his present home four years later. 
Like the rest of the family, he belongs to the Methodist church, 
and is a conservative. 



I. Charles Bonisteel, b. 1782 ; d. 1863 ; m. 1st, Deborah Row, and 

2nd, Nancy Belknap, nee McMasters. Issue: (1) Maria, (2) 
Almeda, (3) Eliza A., (4) Elizabeth, (5) Deborah, (6) Charles 
R., and (7) Catherine. 

II. Elizabeth Bonisteel, m. Jacob Smith ; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 
Charles, (2) Fred, (3) Katie, and (4) Maria. 

III. Mary Bonisteel, m. Peter Shook and set. in the States. 

See I. The Charles Bonisteel Branch : 

(1) Maria Bonisteel, b. 1804 ; m. 1st Oliver Lawrence and 
2nd, Ezekiel Young. Issue : By 1st (a) Cornelius, (6) 
Ezekiel ; (c) Charles, (d) George, and by 2nd, (e) Louisa, 
(/) John, (g) Hiram, (h) Oliver, and (i) Harriet. 


(2) Almeda H. Bonisteel, b. 1807; m. William Strong; set. 

U.S. Issue : (a) William, (b) Daniel, (c) Lorenda, (d) 
Maria, (e) John, and (/) Anna. 

(3) Eliza A. Bonisteel, b. 1810 ; d. aged two years. 

(4) Elizabeth Bonisteel, b. 1813. 

(5) Deborah Bonisteel, b. 1816; m. Isaac Fanning; set. 

Sidney ; no issue. 

(6) Charles R. Bonisteel, b. 1819; m. 1st, Elizabeth Hagerman, 

and 2nd, Annie Victoria Hogle ; set. on the old Bonisteel 
place in Sidney. Issue : (a) Charles H. Bonisteel, m. 
Clarissa Edmonds ; set. Sidney. Issue : Melvin A., m. 
Annie Millard ; set. Lindsay. (Issue : Percy and Maud) ; 
Charles E. Bonisteel, m. Loretta Brickman ; set. Belleville. 
(Issue : Flossie) ; Colonel A. Bonisteel, m. Annas Reed ; 
set. Belleville. No Issue. Lillie A. Bonisteel, m. Robert 
Jeffery ; set. Sidney. (Issue : May, Frederick, and 
Myrtle) ; Eva L. Bonisteel, m. James Donaldson ; set. 
Trenton. (Issue : Charles E. and Ralph.) (b) William 
M. Bonisteel, m. Clarissa Kelley ; set. Sidney. Issue : 
Mary A., m. George Kincaid ; set. Sidney. Issue : Harry 
L., Charles B. and William W. (c) George, (d) Catharine, 
(e)Tabitha, (/) Deborah, (g) Harriet, (h) Claude Bonisteel, 
m. Emma Wilson ; set. Sidney. No issue. 

(7) Catharine Bonisteel, m. Mclntosh Ostrom ; set. Sidney. 

Issue : (a) Charles R., (b) John, and (c) Harriet. 


The Barkers are among the very few pioneer families who 
have regularly recorded traces of their ancestry. The authentic 
inscriptions in the family bible of the Barker family have been 
givatly augmented by the researches of the late Mr. John Barker, 
of Picton, who traces their source on this continent to a tradition 
now commonly held by the Barkers in the States, to the effect that, 
three Barker brothers came over from England in the "Cabbage 
Stump " during the Commonwealth, for they bore conspicuous parts 
in the cause of the Royalists during the reign of King Charles. 


One of the three settled in Rhode Island. The other two set 
out on an expedition to the northward. Sailing from Plymouth, 
Mass., they coasted until they struck the North River, near Cape 
Cod. Proceeding up the river until they found a suitable site for 
a trading post, they founded the present town of Pembroke. 

The people of Pembroke claim to possess the oldest existing 
dwelling house in the United States. It was built by the 
Barkers, and still stands in its primitive state. It was built of 
stone, laid in clay mortar ; its only apartment is fifteen feet square. 
Its purposes were as much for those of defence as of trade ; loop- 
holes were ranged at equal intervals in the walls. 

Two of the brothers returned to hold office at the Court ; the 
remaining brother settled in Saratoga County ; and one of his des- 
cendants, David Barker, reared a family of twelve children. He 
owned a fine farm which was confiscated during the Revolutionary 
War, because he sold cattle to the British ; and when peace was 
declared he joined Major VanAlstine's party in New York, and 
came to Canada,, arriving in Adolphustown in 1784. 

David Barker settled at Barker's Point, now Thompson's, 
where he died in 1821, aged eighty-eight years. His wife was 
Lydia Shove ; she died in 1804, aged sixty-four years. They 
had a family of twelve children, only eight of whom, however, set- 
tled in Canada. These were : Edward, Phoebe, James, Elizabeth, 
Sarah, Rebecca, Abraham and Lydia. 

The old father shortly before his death inscribed in the 
Family Bible that : " it be remembered that I make this Bible a 
present to my grandson, David Barker, son of Edward Barker ; 
and it is my desire that it may be kept in the family, to descend 
down to the name of David." He was not a Quaker, although he 
always attended Meeting. He and his family wore the plain dress 
and adopted Quaker customs ; but he held strongly to the creed 
of the Church of England ; and it was because of his influence that 
the members of the family of Abraham, his son, were baptized as 
soon as an Anglican clergyman came to Hallowell. 

It is difficult to trace the movements and descendants of 
many of the eight children of David Barker. Abraham returned 
to Saratoga to be educated; but he returned and settled in Prince 
Edward County. A deed signed by Abraham Barker, in 1805, is 


still in the hands of his descendants in Picton. It conveys the two 
hundred acres which comprised Lot 1, and included what is now 
the site of a large part of the town of Picton. Abraham Barker 
bought the lot from Conrad VanDusen, for one hundred and 
seventy-five pounds. 

Abraham Barker, with his brother James, erected a grist mill 
at Wellington, where they began grinding wheat in January, 1815. 
He always kept in touch with his American cousins. Almost 
every other year he went by carriage and water to New York, 
his journey taking at least two months. On one occasion he took 
with him his eldest daughter to introduce her to the American 
branches of his family. 

Abraham Barker's son David was appointed Post Master of 
Picton in 1848 by the Marquess of Clanricarde. He held the 
appointment until the time of his death in 1872. His successor 
was Mr. Thomas Shannon, who was the predecessor of the present 
holder of the office, Mr. William Petti t. David Barker displayed 
much interest in military matters, and from Ensign in the Prince 
Edward County Militia, he rose to the rank of Captain. 

David J. Barker, son of David Barker and great grandson of 
the Pioneer is proprietor of the Picton Foundry, one of the leading 
industrial enterprises of Prince Edward County. He was educated 
at Upper Canada College and married Rose, daughter of the 
late Judge Robert P. Jellett who was appointed Judge of the 
County Court of Prince Edward in the year 1873. Judge Jellett's 
father was Morgan Jellett who came from Belfast to Canada 
when his son was but five years of age and settled in Port Hope 
in 1832. Here Mr. Jellett followed mercantile pursuits and 
became Clerk of the old Court of Commissions ; subsequently 
he removed to Cobourg and became clerk of the County Council 
of the united counties of Northumberland and Durham, a 
position which he held until his death. In passing it may be 
noted that he was the grandson of Morgan Jellett, Esq., a 
magistrate of County Down, Ireland. 

The Barker family possesses a clock 175 years old, which 
was built in Scotland and has been handed down from the old 
pioneer Barker to the present day descendants. Another family 
treasure is an old cabinet containing many secret drawers, 


which is prized very highly and is indeed a most interesting 
and valuable heirloom. 

James Barker, a son of David the Pioneer, and who joined 
Abraham in the milling enterprise at Wellington, named the 
present village of Bloomfield, where he settled and made his home 
until his death in 1847. He married Mary Leavens. 



I. Edward Barker, m. 1st, Miss Casey, and 2nd, Sarah Gould ; 

set. on old homestead in Adolphustown. Issue: By 1st, (1) 
Willet, (2) Martha, and (by 2nd) (3) David and (4) William G. 
The father d. 1820, aged 54 years. 

II. Phoebe Barker, b. 1*770 ; m. 1st, Timothy Stevenson, and 2nd, 
Cornelius Blount ; set. Hallo well. Issue: By 1st, (1) David 
B., (2) John, (3) Eliza, and (by 2nd) (4) Lydia, (5) Mary, 
(6) Patience, (7) Abigail, and (8) Phoebe. 

III. James Barker, m. Mary Leavens ; set. Bloomfield, which 
place was named by him. Issue : (1) Elizabeth, (2) Hugh I., 
(3) Anna, and (4) Joseph L. The father d. 1847, aged 75 

IV. Elizabeth Barker, m. Abraham Cronk ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Asa, (2) David, (3) Edward, (4) Abraham, (5) 
Reuben, (6) Lydia, (7) Jacob, (8) Eliza, and (9) James B. The 
mother d. 1848, aged 74 years. 

V. Sarah Barker, m. Silas Hill ; set. Hallowell. Issue : (1) 
David B., (2) Silas, (3) Harriet. (4) Asa J., (5) Rebecca A., 
(6) Caleb, (7) Lydia S., (8) John S., (9) Sarah J, and (10) 
Phoebe E. 

VI. Rebecca Barker, m. Dr. John Stickney ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue : (1) Walter, (2) Caleb, (3) Reuben, (4) Edward, (5) 
Emmeline, (6) John, and (7) David. 

VII. Abraham Barker, b. 1781 ; m. Mary Hubbs ; set. Picton. 
Issue : (1) Abraham, (2) Caleb, (3) David, (4) Lydia J, (5) 
Rebecca, (6) Phoebe, (7) Mary A., and (8) Emily. 

VIII. Lydia Barker, b. 1783 ; m. 1st, Reuben Cronk, and 2nd, 


Richard Solmes ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : By 2nd, (1) 
Reuben, (2) David B., (3) Rebecca D., and (4) Lydia M. 

See III. The James Barker Branch : 

(1) Elizabeth Barker, m. Thomas Garratt ; set. Wellington. 

(2) Hugh I. Barker, m. Polly Augustus ; set. Wellington. 

(3) Anna Barker, m. John White; set. Hillier. Issue: (a) 

Edward, (b) Alfred and (c) Trueman. 

(4) Joseph L. Barker, m. Harriet White ; set. near Bloomfield. 

Issue: (a) John S. Barker, m. Emma Ashton; set. Picton. 
Issue : Hattie, Minnie, Joseph (m. and set. Montana) ; 
Lillian (d. y.) and Lenore. ; (b) Shove Barker, m. Matilda 
Fraleigh ; set. Bloomfield. Issue: Thomas D. (d.y.); 
Joseph, (d.y.); John F., (m. Emily Talcott; set. Bloomfield; 
issue: Perry and Fred); Colin G. (d.y.); Victoria M. (m. 
Fred Wright ; set. New York ; issue : Laurence and 
Edna) ; Rose (m. Frank Donaldson ; set. New York ; no 
issue); (c) Mary A. Barker, m. Colin Gearing; set. 
Picton. Issue : Thomas D. Gearing (m. Ida Strome ; 
set. Montana ; issue : Grace and Mabel) ; Rose (m. Dr. 
John Wright ; set. Picton ; issue : George and Mary) ; 
Sidney B. (m. Frances Proctor ; set. Picton ; no issue); 
Grace (m. Warwick Wrinch; set. Toronto: issue : Sidney); 
and Violet (unm.; set. Picton); (d) Merritt Barker, m. 
Mary E. Fraleigh ; set. Toronto. Issue : William S. and 

See VII. The Abraham Barker Branch : 

(1) Abraham Barker, died young. 

(2) Caleb Barker, died young. 

(3) David Barker, m. Christian A. Marshall ; set. Picton. 

Issue: (a) Mary M, Barker, m. Charles Corbould ; set. 
Orillia; issue: Charles D., Helena M., Mabel, Vida, 
Beatrix and Edward, (b) James W. Barker, m. Lillie E. 
C. Knight ; set. Buffalo, N.Y. No issue, (c) Lydia J. 
Barker, died young, (d) David J. Barker, m. Rose Jellett, 
dau. of the late Judge Jellett, of Picton ; set. Picton. 
Issue: D. Jellett, Christina, Muriel and Lilias, (e) 
Christina Barker, died young. 


(4) Lydia J. Barker, m. Lewis Thorpe ; set. Adolphustown. 

(5) Rebecca Barker, m. William Grant ; set. Kingston. 

(6) Phoebe Barker, m. Donald MacPherson ; set. Napanee. 
(7). Mary A. Barker, unm. set. Picton, and (8) Emily Barker. 


The Bush Family has been identified with the Bay of Quinte 
district for the past century. Three brothers, John, Robert and 
Henry Bush came from New York State to Canada, and settled 
around Hay Bay, sometime before 1800. 

After a short sojourn in Adolphustown, Henry went West, and 
was never heard of again. Robert crossed into Prince Edward Coun- 
ty, where he settled on the north shore of Lake Consecon, and his 
descendants are found in Reach and Brighton townships, Middlesex 
County. His history is vaguely recalled at this late day ; but it 
is known that he had a son, Abraham, who was drowned in the 
Cold Creek, in Hillier. 

The third brother, John, who was born in 1775, lived on Hay 
Bay, but finally settled in Sidney, a few miles south-east of Frank - 
ford, where he died in 1858, aged eighty-three years. He married 
Dorcas Ross, of Scottish parentage, and had eleven children. This 
young couple early inculcated into their family industrious habits, 
and religious and temperance principles, whose value has since 
been exemplified in the good citizenship displayed by their 

Henry Bush, who went with his young wife at an early date 
into Thurlow, where he cleared and settled on a farm, was known 
for his high moral qualities. In days when the use of intoxicants 
was a general custom, and tobacco in one form or another was con- 
sidered a necessity, he was never known to taste the former or 
use the latter. Strictly honest, his word was as good as his bond. 
He was a regular attendant of the Presbyterian Church.- His 
industry and acumen enabled him to accumulate quite a large 
fortune, and to give his family a good start in life. 


James and William Bush, in many characteristics resembled 
their brother Henry; and they always received the respect and 
confidence of the community. They settled in Sidney in 1853, 
where they acquired two hundred acres of land, comprising the 
sixth lot in the fourth concession. They worked together until 
the land was for the greater part cleared and paid for, when 
they divided it into two portions ; James taking the western, 
and William the eastern half. The former portion is now 
owned by Edwin Bush ; while the latter is in the possession 
of Robert J. Bush, who also owns eighty acres in the fourth 

John Bush, who is a grandson of the Pioneer, and the 
second son of Henry Bush, was born in Thurlow, in 1840, 
and now owns one hundred and fifty acres in the 4th conces- 
sion of Sidney, where he has lived for many years. The 
adjoining Bush farms are in a high state of cultivation, for 
the land in that section of the township is very fertile. John 
Bush, being of a mechanical turn of mind, had his barn built 
according to his own ideas, making it replete with every 
convenience, and one of the best in the immediate neighborhood. 
His family are members of the Methodist Church, in the affairs 
of which he takes an active interest, being a steward and 


trustee. John Bush is conservative in politics, and somewhat 
of the school of the late Sir John A. MacDonald, of whom he 
is a great admirer. 

Of the younger sons of the Pioneer, Zenas started for himself 
in the world, planting his stake in a farm in Richmond. He 
soon after moved into Murray, where he lived for eight years, 
until, in 1874, he bought lot 101 in the 4th concession of 
Ameliasburgh. Several members of his family now live in the 
old home, where his son David B. works the farm, and is 
held in high respect by all of his neighbors of the Consecon 
district. The high principles which characterised the other 
members of the family, are recognized in those now settled in 
Ameliasburgh. Although Presbyterians born, Zenas Bush and 
liis family joined the Methodist church, of which they are 
attached adherents. 



I. Elizabeth Bush, m. Mr. Baker ; set. Amherst Island. 

II. Amelia Bush, m. (1st) Thomas Pruyn, and (2nd) Jacob Meyers; 
set. Hay Bay. Issue : (1) Mary A., (2) James, (3) Hermon, 
(4) Jacob, (5) Henry, (6) Nicholas, (7) Eliza, (8) Amanda, (9) 
Ellen, (10) Jane, and (11) Caroline. 

III. John Bush, d. unm. 

IV. Jacob Bush, m. Christine Rambau ; set. Addington Co. 
Issue : (1) John, (2) William, (3) Henry, (4) Alexander, (5) 
James, (6) Nicholas, (7) Ellen, (8) Sarah, (9) Mary K, (10) 
Margaret, and (11) Marshall. 

V. Henry Bush, m. Sarah McQuoid ; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) 
James H., (2) John, (3) Francis McQ., and (4) David B. 

VI. James Bush, m. Ann J. Black ; set. Sidney. Issue : (1) 
Sarah, (2) William, (3) Maria, (4) Mary E., and (5) Robert J. 

VII. William Bush, m. Catharine Hicks ; set. Sidney. Issue : 
(1) Edwin, and (2) Amelia. 

VIII. Zenas Bush, m. Hannah Lines ; came from England in 
1837; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: (1) John J., (2) David B., 
(3) Mary, (4) William, (5) Charles, (6) Dorcas, (7) Caroline, 
(8) Charlotte, (9) Samuel, (10) Annie, (11) George, and (12) 
Fanny. The father d. 1889, aged 69 years ; the mother d. 
1897, aged 74 years. 

IX. David Bush, drowned in youth. 

X. Rachel Bush, m. William Benedict. Issue: (1) Sarah, (2) 
Mary, (3) Phoebe, (4) Harriet, (5) Augusta, and (6) Ard. 

XL Maria Bush, m. Nelson Rikley ; set. Camden. Issue: (1) 

Mary E., and (2) John. 
See V. The Henry Bush Branch : 

(1) James H. Bush, m. Sarah M. Ruttan ; set. Murray. Issue: 

(a) Sarah M. Bush, m. Newton Mabee ; set Sidney. 
Issue : Roy, Alice, Ethel and Ernest; (b) Maria Bush, m. 
Rev. Ralph Williams, Methodist minister. Issue: Harry, 
Clayton and Ethel. 

(2) John Bush, m. Margaret A. Thrasher; set. Sidney. Issue: 


(a) Frankie E. Bush, m. Robert J. Bush ; (b) Josephine 
Bush, d.y.; (c) Georgiana Bush, d.y.; (d) Sarah J. Bush, 
rn. Oliver Huff; set. Gananoque. Issue : Percy J., Lena 
and Freer K.; (e) Henry B. Bush, d.y.; (/) Maggie G. 
Bush, m. Harry L. Spafford ; (</) John A. Bush, unm.; (k) 
George W. Bush, unm.; (i) Annie P. Bush, unm.; (j) 
Cora E. Bush, unm. 

(3) Francis McQ. Bush, m. Mary Thrasher ; set. Murray. 

Issue : (a) Henrietta, (b) Mary J., (c) Henry B., (d) Alice 
M., (e) Frank J., (/) Gertie and (g) Fred. 

(4) David B. Bush, m. Charlotte Hagerman ; set. Ottawa. 

Issue : (a) Annie and (b) Clarence. 

See VI. The James Bush Branch : 

(1) Sarah Bush, d. aged 22 years, unm. 

(2) William Bush, m. Annie Miller ; set. Sidney. Issue : (a) 

James A. Bush, m. Beatrice Walt ; set. Thurlow ; no issue : 

(b) Maggie Bush, m. Jerad Hanna ; set. Thurlow ; no 
issue ; (c) Mary E., (d) William A., (e) Alexander, (/) 
Robert F., (g) Edith D., (h) George W., (i) Roy and (j) 
Ross McQ. 

(3) Maria Bush, m. John Bush; set. Cramahe. Issue: (a) 

William W. Bush, m, Nellie Galbraith; set. Murray. 
Issue: Gladys B. 

(4) Mary E. Bush, m. Samuel Nicholson ; set. Sidney. Issue ; 

(a) James E., (6) John A., (c) George D., (d) Rose and (e) 
Samuel E. 

(5) Robert J. Bush, m. Frankie E. Bush; set. Sidney. Issue: 

(a) William J., (b) Lillie, (c) Harry E., (d) Eva J., (e) 
John G., (/) Francis E., (g) Vernon W. and (h) Vera C, 
James Bush, d. 1880, aged 62 years; his wife d. 1901. 
aged 77 years. 

See VII. The William Bush Branch: 

(1) Edwin Bush, m. Estella Consaul; set. Sidney. Issue: (a) 

Kate, d. aged 16 ; (b) Bert, (c) Ethel, (d) Edward, d. 
aged 5 yrs. 

(2) Amelia Bush, m. William VanGeason ; set. Murray. Issue: 

(a) Frank. 


See VIII. The Zenas Bush Branch : 

(1) John J. Bush, m. Mary Thompson; set. Richmond- 
Issue: (a) George Bush, m. Ethel McElwaine, (6) Z. 
Rennsselaer, m. Minnie Foote, (c) Wilbur, (d) Alma and 
(e) Florence; all unmarried. 

(2) David B. Bush, in. Fanny Walt ; set. on the old Zenas 

Bush homestead. Issue: (a) Elwood R. Bush, (b) Baird 
W. Bush, (c) Adelbert R. Bush, all unm.; set. Ameliasburg, 

(3) Mary Bush, m. William Osterhout; set. Murray; no issue. 

(4) William Bush, m. Helen Wright; set. Murray. Issue: (a) 

Herbert Bash, m. Maggie Nugent, (6) Ascenath Bush, m. 
Howard Preston, (c) James Bush, m. Kathleen Fitzgerald 
and (d) Jennie Bush, unm. ; set. Murray. 

(5) Charles Bush, m. Ann E. Sharpe ; set. Murray. Issue : 

(a) Nettie Bush, m. Wesley Mabee ; set. Brighton ; (b) 
Claude Bush, d. y. 

(6) Dorcas Bush, unm.; set. on the old Zenas Bush homestead. 

(7) Caroline Bush, unm.; set. on the old Zenas Bush home- 


(8) Charlotte Bush, d. unm. 

(9) Samuel Bush, m. Alice DeLong ; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: 

(a) Beatrice, (b) Charlotte, (c) Gladys, and (d) Bernice. 

(10) Annie Bush, unm.; set. on the old Zenas Bush homestead. 

(11) George Bush, m. Louise Webster; set. Hillier. Issue: 
(a) Ross and (b) Douglas. 

(12) Fanny Bush, m. John Palmer; set. Hillier. Issue: (a) 


The Blakelys merit attention, in the first place, as one of the 
oldest families in Athol. The pioneer came originally from Scot- 
land, and that he prided himself on the land which gave him birth 
was proclaimed by his continuing to wear the kilt, first in Ireland 
and then in Canada, where the kiltie regiments have, in more modern 
times, made the garment popular as a military dress. Somewhere 
in the closing years of the eighteenth century, he moved to the 


north of Ireland, where he married a woman of Irish birth Ann 
Keogh and we find blended in their descendants, those traits of 


tenacity and energy which have characterised the Scotch-Irish 
race throughout its history. 

At what precise period he left Ireland for America is not 
known, but having settled, as far as can be learned, in Massachu- 
setts, he joined the British army at an early period of its ill fated 
struggle with the Revolutionists, and so distinguished himself as 
to rise before the close of the war to the rank of colonel. When 
the war was over he retired to his home, but was not permitted to 
remain there. It is told of him, that an attempt being made at 
this time to take him prisoner, he hid himself while his wife 
watched for his safety. There is a horn, now in the possession of 
the family, made from a fine specimen of large sea shell, on which 
his faithful spouse blew a blast as a signal for him to remain in 
seclusion. And soon the Colonel with his wife, and their seven 
children, the youngest being then seven years old, removed to 
Montreal, and thence to Kingston, where he received an appoint- 
ment from the British Government to keep what was called " the 
King's store." While at Kingston, though well known on the 
other side of Lake Ontario as a U. E. Loyalist, ah effort was made 
to bribe him to return, by offering him property. But his loyalty 
was not to be bought, nor was he to be hoodwinked to his own 

When he was retired from his appointment as keeper of the 
King's store at Kingston, he came to Picton. Picton, he found to 
be a hemlock swamp, infested with mosquitoes. Not liking that 
neighborhood, he struck an Indian trail which brought him to 
the shores of East Lake, where he bought the farm now owned by 
Benjamin F. and William S. Blakeley, his great grandsons, and 
occupied by the former. When he pitched his tent at Athol, he 
must have been in possession of considerable means ; circumstantial 
evidence to this effect is afforded by an incident which transpired 
soon after his arrival. He had left a coat hanging in a shed, and 
found, when he next required it, that mice had made a nest in 
one of the pockets in which he had left six hundred dollars in 
bills. James Blakely continued to prosper, until at his death two 
thousand acres of rich land were bequeathed to his family. 


He died December 25th, in his 84th year, and his wii'e on 
January 13th, of the same year, aged seventy. Three of his sons 
did three years' service in connection with the British Army at Hali- 
fax. The present dweller on the homestead treasures many 
valuable family heirlooms. Among these is the horn above referred 
to, which did the Blakely family such good service ; the dress 
sword of the Colonel; one of his epaulets; a pair of pinchbeck 
candlesticks; a miniature barrel which served to carry a ration of 
whiskey on the march ; and last, but not least, a wonderfully 
carved powder-horn, bearing the date 1761. 

The Pioneer's grandson, William B. Blakely, was a councillor 
in the township of Athol, and in his place moved the resolution to 
abolish the license of intoxicants in the district. This was carried, 
and many imagined the Council had seen the last of William B. ; 
but, as the event proved, this bold stroke gave him a long lease of 
office, he was elected by acclamation for ten consecutive years 
thereafter, and was also appointed License Inspector for the 
county. He was Justice of the Peace in Athol for twenty years ; 
and, as a member of the Methodist church, recording steward for 
over thirty years; a position now held by his son, Wm. S. Blakely. 
He was Captain of the Athol militia reserve for a number of years, 
and was only prevented from serving in '37 by a fall from his 
horse in which he seriously injured one of his knees. 

Benjamin F., eldest son of William Blakely, who now resides 
on the old homestead, with his brother William S., owns a cheese 
factory which has carried the fame of Canada back to the country 
whence the Colonel came. It is one of the largest factories of the 
kind in Canada, and was operated first by a joint stock company. 
It passed successively into the hands of four or five persons, 
under whom it had a measure of prosperity, but nothing like the 
success which has attended its present ownership and manage- 
ment during the past eleven years. Its present output is from 
fifty to fifty-five thousand dollars' worth of cheese per annum. 
Benjamin F. Blakely has been a Justice of the Peace for seven, and 
a councillor for three years. Elgin A., another brother, was 
Deputy Minister of Education for Manitoba for twelve years, arid 
resigned to become Provincial Manager of the Continental Life 


Insurance Company at Winnipeg. Augusta C., a sister, is Lady 
Superintendent of the Victorian Order of Nurses, Yorktown, 



I. James Blakely. 

II. William Blakely. 

III. John Blakely. 

IV. Isabella Blakely. 

V. Susannah Blakely. 

VI. Ann Blakely. 

VII. Samuel Blakely, m. Ann C. Smith ; set. Athol. Issue : 

(1) Ann Blakely, m. David Yeomans ; set. Meaford, Grey Co. 

Issue : (a) Elizabeth, (b) Newton, (c) Marsden G., (d) 
John H., (e) Hannah, and (/) David. 

(2) James Blakely, m. 1st, Hannah Yeomans, and 2nd, Ellen 

Shaw ; set. Napaiiee. Issue : By 1st, (a) Wallace, (b) 
William, (c) Theron, (d) Anna C., (e) Fred, (/) Jennie, 
and (g) Robert. 

(3) Henry Blakely, unm.; set! New York City. 

(4) Esther Blakely, m. John Platt ; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue : 

(a) Annie C., (b) Mary J., (c) Esther A., (d) Huldah, (e) 
Emily, and (/) Susan. 

(5) Mary A. Blakely, m. William Benson ; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue : (a) Theresa. 

(6) William B. Blakely, m. 1st, Mary W. Murney, and 2nd, 

Lucy Adams; set.*Athol. Issue: By 1st, (a) Mary M. 
Blakely, m. Wm. W. McCaw. (Issue : Eva V., m. W. 
H. Cutter, electrician ; set. Boston.) And by 2nd, (b) 
Henrietta Blakely, m. Thomas Welbanks. Issue : Edna 
and Lucy, (c) Benjamin F. Blakely, m. Thressie Story; 
set. Athol. (Issue : Lucy B., Clara B., William B., and 
Roger S.; (d) Elgin A. Blakely, m. Myrtle Law. No 
issue ; (e) William S. Blakely, -m. Ella Woodrow ; set. 
Athol. Issue : Vera A.; (/) Augusta C. Blakely, unm.; 
set. Yorktown, N.W.T. 


(7) Jane Blakely, m. Benjamin Rowe ; set. Picton. Issue: 

(a) William J. Rowe, m. Hannah Yeomans. Issue : John 
P. and Velma ; (b) Hester Rowe, m. Hiram Welbanks. 
Issue : Jennie and Harry ; (c) John P. Rowe. 

(8) Benjamin Blakely, m. Mary A. Minaker ; set. South 

Marysburg. Issue : (a) Thomas, (b) Phoebe, (c) Andrew, 
and (d) Eleanora. 

(9) Samuel Blakely, m. 1st, Jane T. Benson, and 2nd, Cynthia 

Ranny ; set. Belleville. Issue : By 1st, (a) John P., 

(b) Mary E., (c) James H., and by 2nd, (d) a son (d. y.) 

(10) A. Caroline Blakely, m. William Sprung; set. Amelias- 


John Bristol, the progenitor of the Bristol family of Prince 
Edward County, was born near Albany, N.Y., where he married 
Alice Alysworth. Soon after the Revolutionary War, he removed 
to Ernesttown, near Bath, where he reared a family amongst 
whom were John, Coleman, Benjamin, Norris and Joel. 

About 1819, Benjamin Bristol settled one mile east of Picton, 
on the premises now occupied by Almon Bristol, his son, and here 
established a tannery, one of the first, if not the first in the 
County. He married Ruth Spencer, a daughter of the pioneer, 
Corey Spencer, and the issue of this union were : Almon, Eliza A., 
Matilda and Caroline. 

Almon Bristol, the eldest of these children, and the founder of 
the well known dry goods establishment of A. Bristol & Son, 
Picton, has for fifty years stood prominently before the people of 
the Bay district. Born 6th September, 1820, on the property now 
owned and occupied by him as a residence, Almon Bristol, in his 
boyhood, worked in his father's tannery, and also attended school 
at Picton, in the building where now stands the public school. At 
the age of eighteen he was sent to Whitesboro' Institute, which was 
three miles west of Utica, N. Y.; but owing to sickness, he was com- 
pelled to return home at the end of seven months. At that time 


travelling by coach was universal in the United States, but Almon 
Bristol saw the commencement of construction upon the New York 
Central Railroad. Although he was a non-combatant during the 
Rebellion of 1837, he had one adventure that might have proved 
serious. When on his way to Utica School, and approaching King- 
ston in a sleigh with David B. Hill, Cornelius Hill and a female 
passenger, the party was challenged by a sentry; but either 
through failure to hear the challenge, or to understand its purport, 
the party kept on driving ahead. The sentry, thinking they were 
trying to pass his post, raised his musket to fire at the short range 
of thirty yards, and would have done so, had not another soldier 
who was standing by prevented him. 

He commenced to take an active part in life at the age of 
twenty years by teaching, in Frederick sburgh and Ameliasburg. 
Changing his occupation and the venue of his activities, at the age 
of twenty -two he took up the position of a dry-good's clerk in 
Kingston, which post he held for one or two years, when he was 
appointed deputy-registrar of Picton. He held that important 
office for two years, and to-day many of the deeds and other 
documents of the county are to be traced in his clear and finished 

But Almon Bristol seems to' have been imbued with spirit 
and energy ; and a desire to start in business for his own success 
led him into the dry-goods business. One step in the right 
direction was to open a general store in Brooklin, Ontario, for his 
uncle, Daniel S. Way. Marriage was the next and most im- 
portant undertaking. In 1851, he married Mary E. Hazard, 
and, it may here be mentioned, that the golden wedding 
of this happy and successful couple was celebrated September 
5th, 1901, amid universal congratulations; and it may be ap- 
propriately added that thirty-two years previously another 
golden wedding was held in the same house to celebrate the 
marriage of Mr. Bristol's father and mother. 

His first store was opened at Newburgh, from which place 
he returned to Picton, where, in 1857, he established the 
business, which has grown into its present large dimensions. 
Although keen and active, and even interested in the affairs 
of business, Mr. Bristol is well on in life, having attained the 


advanced age of eighty-four years ; and most of the responsibility 
and cares of the Picton store have devolved upon his son, 
Hazard Bristol, who maintains the high reputation which the 
business bore under its founder's direction. 

He was born at Newburgh in 1856, attended school until 
he was sixteen, and then spent some time upon the survey of 
the Central Ontario Railway. He served in the Council and 
was active in making changes in the electric light system, 
having served upon the Board of Commissioners of Light and 
Heat since 1900. It must be gratifying to father and son 
alike to note the great advance from the first general store at 
Hallowell Bridge to the metropolitan proportions of the triple 
fronted emporium of general dry goods now known as "A. Bristol 
& Son." Mr. Hazard Bristol has been in partnership with 
his father since 1897, and in the conduct of this store employs 
the cash carrier system and all modern methods of handling 
his wares and serving the public. He goes to Europe twice a 
year, to purchase goods, and has crossed the ocean a number of 



I. Almon Bristol, m. Mary Hazard ; set. Picton. Issue : (1) Sarah 

M. Bristol ; (2) Hazard Bristol, m. Georgiana Hart ; set. 
Picton, No issue. (3) Ruth Bristol, m. William Dwight ; 
set. finally Chicago. Issue : (a) Edith, (6) Herbert, and (c) 
Theodore ; (4) Annie J. Bristol, m. Robert Davidson ; set. 
Picton. Issue : (a) Helen, and (6) Ruth ; (5) Winnifred 
Bristol, unm.; resides on homestead, " Cranberry Croft." 

II. Eliza A. Bristol, m. William T. Yarwood ; set. Picton. Issue: 
(1) Ruth Yarwood, m. George W. McMullen ; set. Picton. 
Issue : (a) Ethel, (6) Herbert Y., (c) Horace, (d) George B., 
(e) Ralph, and (/) Earl ; (2) Jane A., (3) Florence, (4) Mary, 
(5) Caroline, (6) Helen, and (7) a son, all d. y. 

III. Matilda Bristol, d. unm. 

IV. Caroline A. Bristol, unm.; resides on homestead, " Cranberry 


John Barber, of the County of Sligo, Ireland, married Mary 
A. Reid, of the same place, and died there in 1831. He had the 
following children, viz.; John, jr., Robert, James, Martha, and Alice. 
They all had the advantage of a good common school education, 
and were brought up in the Church of England. The eldest son, 
John, jr., was educated as an architect, and attained considerable 
success in this line in the County of Sligo, where he remained. 
James Barber, was born in the County of Sligo, in 1812, and, in 
1833, he, with his two sisters, Martha and Alice, emigrated to 
Canada, settling in Hungerford, where he purchased 150 acres of 
land. The trip across the ocean in a sailing vessel was a long and 
tedious one ; it was three months before they reached Quebec, and 
several weeks more intervened before they reached their destina- 
tion. The country was a dense forest, without roads, and sparsely 
settled, and they made their way from the Front by a "blazed" 
path to their new home in Hungerford. But James Barber was in 
the vigor of young manhood, and possessed of a determination 
and force of character peculiar to his race. Nothing daunted him ; 
he soon had a place cleared, a comfortable log house built, and 
energetically went to work clearing a place for his next season's 
crop. He made huge fires of the timber that he cut, and from the 
ashes made potash, which he sold for enough to maintain himself 
and his sisters until a crop could be grown on the ground that he 
had prepared. The hard work performed by these first settlers, 
and the inconvenience endured by them, can hardly be realized by 
the young of to-day, nor by the pioneers of our great Northwest, 
who are equipped with suitable implements, and who find the virgin 
prairie ready for the plow. Our forefathers cutting down forests, 
clad in deerskin or coarsely woven woollen clothes, and in many 
instances improvising their farming and household utensils, faced 
conditions that required untiring patience, skill, and industry. 
When James Barber finally raised his crop, it took three days with 
an ox-team to take it to Captain Meyer's mill, at Belleville, where 
it was ground into coarse flour. 

That he succeeded in his life work goes without saying ; he 


prospered from the start, and became one of the most substantial, 
as well as one of the most respected citizens of Hungerford. He 
married Margaret, daughter of John Wilson, J.P., a pioneer and 
prominent farmer of Hungerford ; and their children compose some 
of the best citizenship of the districts where they have settled. 
He died in 1891, age 79 years; his wife died in 1893, age 74 years. 

About twelve years after James Barber came to Canada, he 
was joined by his brother Robert, who first settled in Hungerford, 
but later purchased a farm in Huntingdon, upon which he resided 
until his death. 

Robert A., son of James Barber, was born and reared in 
Hungerford. He early evinced a taste for mercantile life, and in 
1872 started in business at Belleville, as a member of the firm of 
Barber, Brignall & Co.; and in 1876, he opened a branch store in 
Trenton. In 1879, the firm dissolved, and Mr. Barber purchased 
the stock, and, with the exception of one year spent in British Col- 
umbia, has since carried on the dry goods business in Trenton. As 
will be seen, he has had over thirty years experience in this line 
of business ; he carries an up-to-date stock, and is a successful 
merchant. Personally popular, he is one of the leading men of 

He married Emma Flindall, daughter of Reuben F. Flindall. 
Mr. Barber and his family are members of the Church of England, 
and in politics he is a Conservative. 



I. John Barber, in. in Ireland and had two daughters. 

II. Robert Barber, m. Mary A. Payne ; set. Huntingdon. Issue : 

(1) John. 

III. James Barber, rn. Margaret Wilson ; set. Hungerford. Issue : 
(1) Martha, (2) John W. (3) Thomas, (4) William, (5) William 
R., (6) Thomas E., (7) Elislia F., (8) Robert A., (9) James S., 
(10) Minnie A. and (11) Ida S. 

IV. Martha Barber, m. George Stokes ; set. Hungerford. Issue: 
(1) William, (2) John, (3) Robert, (4) Thomas, (5) George, 


(6) Joseph, (7) Bessie, (8) Mary J., (9) Matilda and (10) Ella. 
V. Alice Barber, d. unm. 
See II. The Robert Barber Branch : 

(1) John Barber, m. Miss Coulter; set. Huntingdon ; no issue. 

He is deceased. 
See III. The James Barber Branch: 

(1) Martha Barber, m. Samuel Anderson ; set. Hillier, Issue: 
(d) Frederick. 

(2) John W. Barber, m. Sarah E. Sprung ; set. Belleville. 

Issue: (a) William, and (b) Caroline. 

(3) Thomas Barber, died in infancy. 

(4) William Barber, died in infancy. 

(5) William R. Barber, m. Lena C. Smith of Yonkers, N.Y. ; 

set. Toronto; no issue. He died aged 44 years. 

(6) Thomas E. Barber, in. Nettie Lockwood; set. Prince 
Edward County. Issue: (a) James. 

(7) Elisha F. Barber, m. 1st, Miss Halstead and 2nd Martesia 

Whitney; set. Tyendinaga. Issue: by 1st, (a) Edward. 

(8) Robert A. Barber, m. Emma J. Flindall; Issue: (a) Helen 

Barber, m. Alfred T. Hicks, Manager Electric Light Co., 
Belleville, (6) William A. and (c) Robert R. 

(9) James S. Barber, m. Maud Mackie; set. Belleville; no 

issue. Both deceased. 

(10) Minnie Barber, m. Stanley A. Lockwood; set. Belleville; 
no issue. 

(11) Ida S. Barber, unm. 


The Bensons, of Ameliasburg, are of Scottish descent, for their 
progenitor, William Benson, who was a public school teacher in 
Ontario, and came into Prince Edward County in 1854, was born 
in Dumfries, where, in that rugged land of Burns and poesy, he 
followed the profession of a school master. 

On coining to Canada, he married and settled near Montreal ; 
but, after his wife's death, the family removed to Prince Edward 


County, and settled in the 4th concession of Ameliasburg. The 
members of this family, as they attained to riper years, dispersed 
in widely varying directions, and only three sons remained in 
Prince Edward ; William (who married Huldah Parliament) and 
David settled and lived in the township of Hillier. 

The remainig son, James Benson, (born 1836), has long lived 
a life of prominence in the township of Ameliasburg. Within the 
duties of his life he has combined those pertaining to the offices 
of teacher, farmer and township clerk In his capacity as public 
school teacher, which he held for over twenty years, eight of 
which were spent as Principal of the Ameliasburg Union School, 
(probably the largest Union School in the County), Mr. 
Benson impressed his personal qualities and sound instruction 
upon many of the present men and women of the town- 
ship. He strove after excellence ; and when, in 1871, the present 
School Law was enacted, he complied with its clauses, and was 
one of the first three candidates from the County who succeeded 
in obtaining Provincial Certificates. 

As a farmer, James Benson has proved equally successful. 
His first homestead, from which he could enjoy a pleasing prospect 
of Roblin's Lake, was near the village of Roblin's Mills ; but, in 
1879, he moved into his present ample residence, situated in the 
2nd concession, and on a slight eminence that overlooks the centre. 

Besides his devotion to teaching, farming and township 
records, (for Mr. Benson has been township clerk for over quarter 
of a century) he has always displayed a martial spirit ; for ten 
years he held a captaincy in the Militia, which the limitations of 
age alone compelled him to resign. 

He married Jane McGibbon ; and on her death, Mrs. Abigail 



I. Mary Benson, m. John Galley; and set. in Michigan. 

II. John Benson, died unmarried. 

III. James Benson, m. Angeline Parliament; set. Ameliasburg. 
Issue: (1) Henry P. and (2) Edward. 


IV. Thomas Benson, m. and d. in Chili. Issue: (a) James and 

(b) ano. son. 

V. William Benson, m. Hulda Parliament; set, Hillier. Issue: (1) 

Nelson, (2) Ida and (3) William. 

VI. Jane Benson, m. Simeon Brockway; set. Michigan. 

VII. David Benson, m. (1st) Emmarilla Lambert and (2nd) 
Deborah Kinnear; set. Hillier. Issue: (by 1st) (1) Bertha and 
(2nd) (2) C. Ewart. 

VIII. Nancy Benson, m. Frank Ryant; set. Michigan. 

See III. The James Benson Branch: 

(1) Henry P. Benson, a Reeve of Hillier and Warden of the 

County; m. Alma Wannamaker; set. Hillier. Issue: (a) 
J. Gerald. 

(2) Edward Benson, school teacher, Rednerville; m. Stella 

Vanderwater. Issue : (a) Gena M. 
See V. The William Benson Branch : 

(1) Nelson Benson, m. Jane Leavens; set. Hillier. Issue : (a) 

Stephen E. 
{2) Ida Benson, m. John H. McFaul ; set. Hillier. 

(3) William Benson, m. Augusta Stafford; set. Picton. Issue: 

1 d. young. 


Samuel H. Barton, the Canadian pioneer, was the son of 
Phineas Barton, who married Elizabeth Hersey, a native of 
Schenectady, N.Y. He came to Canada and married Margaret, 
daughter of John P. and Nancy Meyers Burdett. The Burdetts 
were of French extraction, being Huguenots, from Rochelle. One, 
Francis Burdett, went to England, and was knighted ; the brother 
of Sir Francis was the great grandfather of Samuel H. Barton's 

Samuel H. Barton had three children, born in New York 
State. He came to Canada at the suggestion of his brother-in-law, 
Guilliame Demorest, making his way by batteaux from Sackett's 
Harbor to Kingston, and from Kingston to Conger's Mill, near 
Picton. He was a hatter, and worked at his trade for a few years 


in Demorestville, but he soon relinquished this occupation to accept 
a position as Clerk of the Court, succeeding James Cotter. Then 
he became Clerk of the Council as well, and was also appointed 
assessor and collector for the township, and road surveyor and 
road master. During some thirty years, he was so well and so 
remuneratively employed, that he found no time to perform other 
than the public business of the municipality, and, when he died, 
at an advanced age, his son, Ira B., was appointed to the offices 
that had been held by his father. 

The talents of Ira B. Barton were of a high order. Besides 
having good business talents, he had great gifts in the artistic line. 
He became a painter in oils, and produced pictures still in posses- 
sion of the family. These are exquisite works of art, and show a 
boldness of execution, and, at the same time, a delicacy of coloring, 
which place them in the forefront of the productions of our best 
Canadian artists. His subjects are all happy inspirations of choice, 
many of them dealing with the classic and the antique. Among 
his best, in the possession of Miss Margaret Barton (his sister), are 
the following : " Roman Chariot Race," " Hiawatha's Departure," 
" Lake Como," " Lake Geneva," " Arrest of John Brown," " High 
Shore of Mosquito Bay," " Farmers' Dock, North Port," " Chapeau 
de Brigand," and many others of equal merit. 

His brother, Thomas Barton, was a carriagemaker, at Demorest- 
ville, and was also highly gifted in painting and music. He 
frescoed the Demorestville Church, and others, and painted some 
very beautiful portraits, one of which, " Sultanna," is a gem in 
coloring, and a poem in form. 

Stephen Barton was associated with Thomas in painting and 
decorating. The remainder of the family, except Miss Margaret 
Barton, settled in Chicago ; Jesse, son of Samuel Barton, occupies 
a leading place in the municipal law department, and his brother 
is a trusted employee of the First National Bank. 



I. Henry B. Barton, m. Mary Beck with; set. Chicago. Issue: (1) 


Sophronia, (2) Cecelia, (3) Herbert, (4) Roxana D., (5) Sanford 
and (6) Julia. 

II. Ann E. Barton, m. James Wright; set. Demorestville. 

III. Samuel E. Barton, m. Philana Billings; set. Chicago. Issue : 
(1) James, (2) Emily, (3) Harriet A., (4) Jesse B. and (5) 

IV. Hannah M. Barton, m. Nostrand Sprague; set. Demorestville. 

V. Ira B. Barton. 

VI. Stephen S. Barton. 

VII. Thomas B. C. Barton. 

VIII. Margaret Barton, unm. ; set. Demorestville. 

See I. The Henry B. Barton Branch: 

(1) Sophronia Barton, d. in inf. 

(2) Cecelia Barton, unm.; set. Chicago. 

(3) Herbert Barton, d. aged twenty. 

(4) Roxana D. Barton, m. John Rahr; set. Chicago. No issue. 

(5) Sanford Barton, unm.; set. Chicago. 

(6) Julia Barton, d. unm. aged twenty-three. 

See III. The Samuel E. Barton Branch: 

(1) James I. Barton, m. Georgiana Dunning; set. Chicago. 

Issue : (a) Georgia. 

(2) Emily Barton, unm.; set. Chicago. 

(3) Harriet A. Barton, d. in inf. 

(4) Jesse B. Barton, m. 1st. Ella Wilcox and 2nd, Dora 

Borisfield; set. Chicago. Issue: by 1st. (a) one d. in inf. 
Issue : by 2nd. (b) Jesse, (c) Walter, (d) Lucy and (e) 

(5) Margaret Barton, unm.; set. Chicago. 


The subject of this sketch was born in Bedfordshire, England, 
Dec. 1st, 1855. There he attended school, and at the age of fifteen 
emigrated to Canada, arriving at Belleville, May 8th, 1870. His 
sole possessions, on arriving, consisted of one-half sovereign piece, 


three shillings and threepence, which his mother had placed in a 
small linen bag and handed to him before his departure. Feeling 
full confidence in his ability to get along, he immediately sent 
back, to his mother, the identical half sovereign piece, retaining the 
three shillings and threepence as his capital on which to start life 
in a new country. He also retained the linen bag which he still 
treasures among his most valued possessions. That he was suc- 
cessful, goes without saying, as any young man with his pluck and 
energy could not prove otherwise. He found employment in 
Belleville and Sidney for about seven years, being most of the 
time in the employ of the G. T. R., where he obtained an education 
in the railroad business, which equipped him for his subsequent 
success. He left the G. T. R. to enter the service of the Central 
Ontario Railway, on which railway he was conductor for thirteen 

He married Elizabeth Vandervoort, August 16th, 1876. She 
was the daughter of Tobias Vandervoort, and great-granddaughter 
of Francis Vandervoort, the old pioneer. She has proved a worthy 
help-mate to her energetic husband. They have had the following 
children : Cora, Ethel, Arthur and Pearl. Cora married James S. 
Westfall, Sept. 4th, 1895, and settled in Sidney. Ethel married 
James H. Beatty, August 26th, 1903, and settled in Trenton. 
Arthur and Pearl are unmarried. 

The Bowler family belong to the Methodist Church, and 
attend Church at Trenton. Mr. Bowler is a Liberal in politics; 
but aside from being Secretary Treasurer and also Trustee of 
School Section No. 5, for two years, he has held no public office. 
He became a charter member of Lodge 113, I. O. 0. F., Trenton, in 
1885, and also a charter member of the I. O. F. 691, Trenton, in 
1890. After retiring from the railroad business, he purchased the 
one hundred and sixteen acres farm, lot 2, concession 2, Sidney, 
where he now resides. Besides other real estate, he owns the St. 
James Hotel, Trenton. His home farm is an excellent one, and he 
has exerted the same energy in bringing it to a high state of cul- 
tivation that characterised his success in the railroad business. He 
lives in a fine brick residence, and enjoys as comfortable a home 
as can be found in Sidney. 


A well known member of the Leavens family and a lineal 
descendant of the sturdy United Empire Loyalist, Henry Bonisteel, 
is Charles H. Bonisteel now resident at Belleville, but for years, 
himself a successful pioneer and citizen of Assiniboia. His father, 
Samuel Bonisteel, married Jane, daughter of Peter Leavens. 
His grandfather was Henry Bonisteel, who came from the United 
States and settled in Sidney near the famous and historical White 
Church ; by his wife, whose maiden name was Bush, he had nine 
children, to wit: Peter, Samuel, Gilbert, Oriel, Sidney, Huldah, 
(Mrs. John S. Smith), Samuel, John, Elizabeth, (Mrs. Vandervoort) 
and Abigail (Mrs. Creedman.) Of these Samuel married Jane 
Leavens, and settled in Sidney. They had but one child Charles 
H. Bonisteel, who was born upon the 16th day of July, 1850. He 
married (Nov. 27th, 1876) Clarissa White and had issue : Emma 
L., Lee H., Louisa M., Jennie E., Frank W. and Sabra. Emma L. 
the eldest of these children, married Arthur A. Perley, son of 
Senator Perley, of Assiniboia N. W.T., and settled at Woolsey, and 
had issue: (1) Henry Dell,(2)Edna Louisa, (3) Helen and (4) Blanche. 

Mr. Bonisteel lived in Sidney until about 1883, when he 
removed to Assiniboia. Here he remained for twenty years, 
during which time he not only secured for himself and family a 
handsome competence, but heartily contributed his skill and energy 
to throwing open and building up this future granary of the 
world. In 1893 the educational needs of his growing family 
induced his return to Ontario. Since then he has lived a 
retired life at Belleville, retaining still his fondness for, and his 
interest in, the great Northwest. 

Mr. Bonisteel belongs to the Liberal party, but he has never 
accepted any office beyond serving for some years as Councillor 
while a resident of Assiniboia. He is a faithful member of the 
Methodist Church. He also belongs to the Independent Order of 


John C. Bird, the father of the subject of this sketch, was 
born in County Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1816. He was educated at 


the schools of his native place, and, in 1836, at the age of twenty, 
he, together with his bride, his two brothers, William and Stephen, 
and his sister Mary, emigrated to Canada. He purchased one 
hundred acres in the 7th concession of Sidney, and settled and 
lived there until his death, May 31st, 1857. William Bird settled 
in Huntingdon ; Stephen settled in Rawdon ; and Mary, later, 
married Charles Lattimer, and settled in Belleville. 

John C. Bird, married in Ireland, Sarah A. Kane. He was a 
first-class citizen in all that the term implies. He was of a retiring 
disposition, and although a strong Conservative, was content to 
attend to his farm and domestic matters, and let others seek and 
hold office. Like nearly^ all of the North of Ireland people, this 
family had been reared in the Presbyterian Church ; but, after 
settling in Sidney, they became affiliated with the Methodist 
Church. Mr. Bird had been an Orangeman in Ireland, and became 
prominent in the Order in this country. 

Morden Bird, eldest son of John C. Bird, was born in Sidney, 
June 19th, 1847. In youth he attended the schools of Sidney, but 
some time after his father's death he took charge of the farm, and 
a little later, entered the employ of William Peck, general mer- 
chant, Hollo way, where he remained for two years. In 1872, 
when the cheese business in this district was in its infancy, Morden 
Bird foresaw a successful future in this industry, and learned 
cheesemaking. The following year he was put in charge of the 
cheese factory at Wallbridge, which he ran successfully for ten 
years. He then took charge of the cheese factory at Marmora, 
which he ran for two years. In 1885 he purchased a handsome 
home in Stirling, and settled there, embarking in the business of 
cheese buyer, to which he added the general insurance business. 

While living in Sidney he was assessor of the township for 
three years, and at the instance of his friend, the late Baltis Rose, 
ran for, and was elected, Deputy Reeve of Sidney. He has been a 
member of the Stirling School Board for many years. He is a 
member of the Masonic Fraternity, of the L.O.L., the A.O.U.W., 
and the Chosen Friends. In politics he is a staunch Conservative, 
and in religion, a Presbyterian. Mr. Bird is not only one of the 
leading men of Stirling and North Hastings, but he is widely 
known and respected throughout the entire Bay of Quinte District. 



I. Martha Eliza Bird, d. aged 7 years. 

II. Morden Bird, m. 1st, Jane Sine, and 2nd, Maria Faulkner ; 
set. Sidney, and finally, Stirling. Issue : By 1st, (1) Frank, 
(2) Wilmot, (3) Morley, and by 2nd, (4) Donald. 

III. Adam A. Bird, d. in inf. 

IV. Adam Bird, d. aged 26 years. 

V. Martha E. Bird, d. aged 23 years. 

VI. Wesley Bird, m. Anna Sine ; set. Wolcott, N.Y. Issue : 2. 


The Blanchards are an old family on the Front of Sidney. 
Their American ancestors are said to have come from Holland and 
settled near Albany, N.Y. An old certificate in the possession of 
the family shows that Stephen, the Sidney pioneer, was made an 
Royal Arch Mason at Albany, April 28th, 1815 by Chapter 5; 
this fact itself would indicate that Stephen Blanchard was more 
than an ordinary citizen, as there were few Royal Arch Masons at 
that time. He settled on the Front of Sidney about 1815, was a 
millwright by trade and a man of good education and broad 
ideas. He purchased the property known as "Blarichard's Creek," 
which at that time contained a very good harbor; and it was 
predicted that in time a town would develop at this point. Here 
he built a mill and other buildings and for a time it seemed that 
his predictions would be fulfilled ; but the water power later proved 
insufficient and the mill property went into decay. Portions of 
old dam may yet be seen, His first wife (Nancy Yager) died in 
1S2(5. His second wife (Susan Howard) died in 1876, aged 78. 
Tin- pioneer himself died in 1875, aged 89 years. 

William Blanchard, the eldest son, married first Mary 
Lawrence, who died in 1861 at the early age of thirty; their 
children were George, Jane, Helen and Alfred. He married 
twice afterwards, but had no issue; and died in 1880 aged 53 

s. Of his children, George went to the United States; Jane 


married John Way and settled in Ameliasburg ; Helen married 
James Gordon and settled Jjj Wisconsin; and Alfred married 
Henrietta Jones and settled in Sidney. Thomas Blanchard, the 
younger son, married Sarah Deacon and settled in Sidney. 
Like other members of the family he took a leading part in 
the affairs of the township. He was a class leader, superintendent 
and trustee in the Methodist church, and also a school teacher. 
He held the office of Councillor and Assessor in Sidney and 
audited the township books. He was Secretary and Auditor of 
Grange No. 42 Sidney, and secretary of the West Hastings 
Agricultural Society, for several years. He died in 1891 aged 71 
years, regretted by all who knew him. His wife, Sarah Deacon 
Blanchard, still survives him. They had two children; Thomas D. 
and Florence. 

Thomas D. Blanchard married Rebecca Wills and has one 
daughter, Ha. He lives on the old homestead, and his widowed 
mother and sister Florence, who is unmarried, live with him. 
Thomas D. Blanchard, like his respected ancestors, has the confidence 
and respect of the community at large and is one of Sidney's 
leading citizens. 


Thomas Joshua Pelton Bog has been prominently associated 
with the County of Prince Edward ever since he first came to 
Picton in 1842. He is the son of a Scottish Officer who held the rank 
of Captain in the British Royal Artillery, and was placed on half- 
pay after seeing active service, in Canada, during the War of 
1812, and rewarded with a Crown grant of land near Perth, in 
Ontario. He died in 1832, while in Montreal, from an attack of 
the first cholera in Canada. 

The office of Deputy Registrar of the County becoming vacant 
in 1872, Col. Bog was offered the appointment, which he accepted, 
and holds to this day. In the following year, on the death of the 
Registrar of that time, Mr. Bog assumed entire charge of the office 
until another Registrar should be appointed, which was not until 


1876, when the appointment was accepted! by Mr. Mackenzie, the 
present holder of the office. 

Col. Bog inherited from his father the keen interest he has 
always displayed in military matters. He may be regarded as the 
final authority upon the martial affairs of Prince Edward. The 
inception of the 16th or Prince Edward Battalion, was due to his 
patriotic efforts. As far back as 1862 he raised a small Company 
of Volunteers in Picton, which formed the nucleus of the present 
regiment. The command of the company was given to Mr. Bog. 
Further exertions on behalf of the Battalion in the following year 
brought him promotion to the rank of Major. Subsequently, Major 
Bog received his rank of Lieut-Colonel, and was given command 
of the regiment, which he held for nine years. 

Colonel Bog wrote a historical account of the Battalion which 
was published in the "Canadian Military Gazette" in 1892. It was 
written in response to a suggestion that emanated from the 
authorities at Ottawa. The zeal which has denoted all Col. Bog's 
associations with his Battalion, led him to be the first commanding 
officer in the Dominion to respond with a history. 

During the Fenian raid of 1865, a company of the 3rd Adminis- 
trative Battalion was comprised of members drawn from each 
company of the Prince Edward Battalion. The Prince Edward 
men were under the command of Major Bog, as he then was. For 
two months they were stationed at Hemmingford, on the frontier. 
The inhabitants presented Major Bog, on the completion of his 
service among them, with an address, testifying to the good 
behaviour and exemplary conduct of his men. 

In the following year, during the second supposed Fenian 
Invasion of 1866, Major Bog again saw service, while stationed for 
a short time at Kingston. 

A more complete list of men eligible for the Fenian Medal 
was furnished for the 16th Battalion than for any other; through 
the private memoranda, he always made a point of accumulating, 
Colonel Bog was able to certify, to the just claims of many men 
who otherwise would have been deprived of their medals. The 
distribution did not take place until 1900, when it was made con- 
jointly by the wife of the first O. C. of the Battalion, the wife of 

the O.C. when on Fenian Service, and the daughter of the last 0. C. 



When a boy twelve years of age, residing at Prescott, Colonel 
Bog had an experience not vouchsafed to many. It was his pleasure 
in the excitement of boyhood, and his horror in youth's dread of 
carnage, at the same time to enjoy seeing and to recoil from the 
mingled scenes of a battle. 

In the middle of one dark November night, the townspeople 
of Prescott were awakened from their sleep, and brought from their 
houses, by the continuous ringing of alarm bells. A party of the 
adherents of William Lyon Mackenzie, or the rebels, as they were 
called in those days, had arrived by schooners and a steamer, and 
it was thought that they were about to land and attack the town. 
They numbered between two and three hundred, and had steamed 
down from Oswego in vessels which they had pressed into their 
service. It was evidently their first intention to land at Prescott, 
but they steered in so closely to the dock-side that they smashed 
a jolly-boat against the pier, and immediately sheared off, steam- 
ing up stream, their movements directed by an exiled Pole, called 
Von Shoultz. Probably he discovered that the predominating feeling 
in the town was not friendly, or he may have learned that there 
were some allies waiting further up the river. At Windmill Point, 
Von Shoultz found his friends already disembarked. They had 
come down from Ogdensburg in a passenger steamboat, called the 
" United States." After the rebels had all landed, the steamer and 
schooners were sent back. When the "United States" was 
returning, the little gun-boat " Experiment " met, and fired on her. 
As the passenger boat had no guns on board she could not retaliate ; 
but she manoeuvred to run down the impudent little craft, and, 
accordingly, drove hard ahead at the " Experiment's " broadside. 
The little one, seeing the game, and enjoying the joke, pulled in 
under the lee of the shore, from where, secure in the shallows, she 
opened an unpleasant fire on the " United States," now trying to 
save herself from running aground. 

The rebel forces proceeded to occupy the mill from which the 
Point derives its name. It was a substantial building, with walls 
five or six feet in thickness, and standing nearly eighty feet in 
height. The interior was divided into storeys, each lit by small 
windows, that served as loop-holes. Good outer defences were 
provided in the heavy stone fences that surrounded the mill. 


This choice formed a strongly fortified position, and although 
bombarded for a long while, no impression was made by the shots 
from the " Experiment." 

Colonel Plomer Young was Commandant at Prescott at the 
time. He had under him a company of the 83rd Regiment ; a com- 
pany of Royal Marines, under Lieut. Harper ; the local County 
Volunteers, under Capt. H. D. Jessop and a company of Glengarrys, 
under Capt. George McDonald. The local Militia was under the 
command of Colonel Fraser. 

Fighting first took place on the morning of the 13th of 
November, 1838, and not 1837, as some historians have erroneously 
stated. The troops surrounded the rebels in the mill. Sorties 
were made with casualties on both sides. Lieut. Johnson was 
killed, and his body was afterwards shamefully mutilated. Lieut. 
Harper was wounded in the left arm. 

Reinforcements from Kingston arrived on Friday, under the 
command of Colonel Dundas ; the whole of the 83rd Regiment 
came, bringing with them three 24-pounders. A plan for a general 
attack was formed ; all the outhouses in the vicinity of the mill 
were fired, which had the effect of confining the rebels in the mill. 

With weakened numbers, and in cramped space, they had to 
resist the concentrated force of a combined bombardment and 
attack. The end soon became a matter of discretion. The rebels 
evacuated in an unconditional surrender. 

The leader, Von Shoultz, was found hiding a short distance 
away, in the bush. He was tried by court martial, and hanged 
at Kingston. About one hundred and ten men surrendered. It 
was computed at the time that nearly as many more deserted dur- 
ing the siege. Many men were wounded, and eleven men killed, 
being buried in a trench beside the mill. 

As probably these were the most stirring scenes he witnessed 
in his younger days, the remembrance of them has been so clearly 
impressed on the mind of Colonel Bog, that to-day he can verify 
rach statement as vividly as though the incident occurred but a 
tV\v days past. He remembers seeing the standard captured from 
tlie rebels. -It was a large silk flag, displaying a spread eagle, 
surmounted by a single star. Beneath the eagle, in letters beauti- 


fully woven in silken thread, it bore the inscription, " Liberated 
by the Onondago Hunters." 

A patriotic song was composed by one of the volunteers for 
the occasion. It should be sung to the lilting tune of " The Girl I 
Left Behind Me." Although Colonel Bog remembers its many 
stanzas, one verse will serve here as a sample for the rest : 

" We're the boys that fear no noise 

When the cannon loud did roar ; 
We cut the rebels right and left 
When they landed on the shore." 

Colonel Bog married Adelaide, daughter of Adam Hubbs, and 
has, two sons, Edward A. and William A. The former, who was 
manager of the Standard Bank, of Picton, and is now assistant 
inspector of the Standard Bank, in Toronto, married Frances J. 
Vanstone, and has one child, Georgiana C. William A. Bog is 
accountant in the head office of the Bank of Montreal, and is 

Colonel Bog, for twenty-three years, was secretary-treasurer 
of the Prince Edward County Agricultural Society, and for the 
same length of time he has been secretary and treasurer of the 
Picton High School Board. For twenty-eight years he has been 
director and treasurer of the Glenwood Cemetery Company, and 
for a great number of years he was churchwarden of the St. Mary 
Magdalene's Church (C. of E.) in Picton. 


At the beginning of the last century when men spoke of 
going West, they alluded to the lands fringing the lakeside. 
"West" to the Montreal man meant the new townships laid out 
on our Bay. The intervening concessions had been settled on the 
Front, even a little to the rear; but the country behind the lake 
front was practically an unknown region, left to the Indians and 
a few adventurous traders. 

It was then the Bay of Quinte district that George Boulter, 
Esq., alluded to when he said he was going West in 1819. He was 
a young man of English parentage, who was born in Montreal. 

Ex-Mayor of Picton 


His father, Nathaniel, who was a tanner and currier, and followed 
that business, came from rural Hertfordshire. On the voyage out 
he made the acquaintance of a young woman with whom he fell 
in love. They were married upon landing at Montreal, where 
they settled down, and George, our pioneer, was born. 

While still a young man George Boulter crossed to Big 
Island, where he settled on lot 13. The land at that time 
belonged to the Mississagas, and he had annually to pay them a 
rental of a barrel of flour. 

Soon settling, he next married. His wife was Sarah Peck, 
who drew two hundred acres of land in Mariposa township, she 
being the daughter of a United Empire Loyalist. They were 
married by Rev. Robert McDowell, a pioneer Presbyterian minister, 
and had ten children. On the death of Sarah, he married Letitia 
Wilson, who bore him eleven more, making him the father of a 
family of twenty-one. This number of children in any one family 
has not often been exceeded in Prince Edward County. The 
pioneer was a Captain of the Sedentary Militia and he rallied a 
Company during the Rebellion of '37. But his services were not 
required, for the Rebellion was suppressed without any great 
difficulty, finally he removed to Belleville, where he died at the 
old age of about eighty-three or eighty-four years. 

The Boulters have always been active in the public affairs of 
the county. Nathaniel James, the eldest son of the pioneer, was 
appointed a Justice of the Peace more than forty years ago. He 
was a member of the Sophiasburgh Council for seven years; and 
had been for many more, a prominent member of the Orange 
Order. He was Master of L.O.L. 574 for three years; County 
Master, for eight ; and Grand Treasurer for Central Ontario for 
three years. At the time of the Rebellion of '37 he was a 
Lieutenant in Captain Daniel Ruttan's Company of Militia. His 
son, George H. Boulter, served as a bandsman in the Fifteenth 
Regiment. It was stationed at Prescott at the time of the 
battle of Ridgeway during the Fenian Raid, and he received 
the medal and grant of land. 

George H. Boulter, M.D., graduate McGill University, the 
second son of the pioneer, was for twenty-five years a surgeon of 
the 49th Regiment of Hastings County. He retired with the 


rank of Lieut.-Colonel. He took a keen interest in educational 
matters, being Chairman of the High School Board of Stirling 
for many years. In his political convictions he was a Con- 
servative. He was elected an M.P.P. four times, serving for 
sixteen years. He was a member of the first Ontario Legisla- 
ture after the formation of the Dominion. 

Emily Boulter, a daughter of the pioneer, married Wm. 
Ryerson Dempsey, who sat in the local Parliament for one term. 

The first canning factory in Central Ontario was built in 
1882, by Wellington Boulter, the fourth son of the pioneer, who 
was born in 1838. He was president of the Canadian Packers 
Association, from its inception for thirteen years. On his retire- 
ment he was presented with an illuminated address and a gold 
watch, in token of appreciation of the service he had rendered 
the Association. He has always taken an active interest in the 
public affairs of Picton. For three years he was a member of the 
town Council and Chairman of the High School Board, and has 
twice been elected Mayor, In his connection with the Orange 
Order he is at present Chairman, and has been Manager of the 
Local Board of the Loyal True Blue Orphanage in Picton. This 
institution was established in 1898 in the home of the late J. S. 
McQuaig, ex-M.P. He is also Past Grand of Bay of Quinte I.O.O.F. 
and a charter member of the encampment of that order. 

As has been stated he is the pioneer of the canning industry 
in Eastern Ontario, an industry which bids fair to become a great 
source of wealth and benefit to the numerous farmers surrounding 
the localities in which any of them are situated. When he first 
started a small canning factory in 1882, there were many "wise 
men of the East" who with the pessimism peculiar to their type, 
predicted failure ; but undeterred by discouraging advice, Mr. 
Boulter, with a steady determination, which has always been 
characteristic of his policy in doing things, persevered and gradually 
succeeded in paving the successful way as a canning manufacturer, 
which many others have since pleased to follow. When he first 
started the business, the methods and appliances were, compared 
with the present day, decidedly primitive. Peas were then shelled 
by hand and measured with a quart cup, and corn cut off the cob by 
hand with a butcher's knife; and to put up from six to eight 


thousand cans a day, was considered an excellent record. At 
present, one pea machine can thresh and shell two tons from the 
straw complete in twenty minutes. The business once content 
with six thousand cans of peas per day, which was considered 
such remarkable capacity during the inception of the industry, is 
now not satisfied with less than thirty-five thousand cans as the 
average minimum, and arrangements are being made to exceed 
this high figure. Corn, which in the beginning was e treated as 
stated above, now is operated by the celebrated Sprague Corn 
cutter, a machine which was invented and perfected by a relative 
of Mr. Boulter's wife, who is herself one of the pioneer Sprague 
family, and related to the farm implement and machinery 
manufacturers of that family name. 

Several of these Sprague Corn cutters are in operation in Mr. 
Boulter's factory during the season, and each machine treats from 
eight hundred to ten hundred bushels per day, cutting off the 
corn and scraping the cob, and the continuation of this process 
includes the treatment of the corn in improved process kettles ; the 
required cooking being all done by dry steam supplied by two one- 
hundred horse power boilers. As an evidence of the capacity and 
the results of Mr. Boulter's factories, we were shown the photo- 
graph of one solid train of 20 cars, all loaded to full capacity, with 
the Boulter goods and shipped to the Pacific coast. In 1887 Mr. 
Boulter sent the first car of canned goods that crossed the continent 
over the C.P.R. to Victoria. The canning industry of the Bay of 
Quinte and Eastern Ontario have proved a great boon to the agri- 
culturalist. Mr. Boulter has paid to the grower as high as $90.00 for 
the yield of one acre of peas, and $1,000 for three acres of straw- 
berries grown to his order. Mr. Boulter, since he commenced 
business as a manufacturer twenty-four years ago, has paid for 
produce over a million dollars to the agriculturists of his immediate 

Mr. Boulter, at the request of the Canadian Government, sent 
an exhibit to Tokio, Japan, and obtained the highest obtainable 
awards. He also obtained the Columbia Medal at the World's 
Fair, Chicago, 1903; gold medal, Paris, 1900 ; at Glasgow Exhi- 
bition, 1901 ; the Pan American medal, 1901 ; and the silver 


medal at the Provincial Exhibition for Ontario, held at Kingston. 
The canning industry, when it assumed proportions which had 
outgrown the advantage of individual ownership, was largely, 
through Mr. Boulter's promotion, formed into an amalgamated 
industry in the form of a joint stock company. This consumma- 
tion was brought about in March, 1903, and comprised thirty -two 
of the principal canning factories of Ontario, with a capital stock 
of $2,500,00p, with $1,600,000 paid up, with preferred and com- 
mon stock, non-assessable. The head office of the company is at 
Hamilton, under the name of the Canadian Canners, Limited, where 
all the general business is managed and directed. 

The manager, Mr. David Marshall, of Aylmer, with nine 
directors, one of whom is Mr. Wellington Boulter, control the 
operations of the corporation, but each local factory is managed by 
its former owner. 

George E. Boulter, eldest son of Wellington Boulter, is at the 
present time local manager, under his father, of their large factory 
at Picton, established 1882, and chairman of the Public School 
Board. Frank E. N. Boulter, his second son, is, at time of writing 
(1905), local manager for the canning factory at Port Hope, which 
is one of the largest concerns included in the Canadian Canners, 

His third son, Dr. James H. Boulter, was born in 1878. He 
entered McGill College and took an eight years' course, and com- 
pleted it at the end of six years, in arts and medicine, during 
which time he was president of the Athletic Association and 
manager of the Football Club. He- obtained the cyclist champion- 
ship of the college, and for two years held the record unbeaten. 
He graduated in 1903, obtaining the degree of B.A., M.D., and 
C.M. Soon after, he went to St. Paul, Minnesota, passed the 
Medical Council, standing second on the list of thirty-six candi- 
dates, sixteen of whom failed to reach the requisite standard. 
Following up tMs success, he repaired to Lansing, Michigan, and 
passed the Medical Council of that State with ninety-three per 
cent, to his credit, out of a possible hundred. Immediately after 
this he passed the Medical Council of Ontario, his native province, 
with honors. All these degrees entitle him to practice in six 
States of the Union, besides the Province of Ontario, and it is 


worthy of note that he took all these several examinations within 
a space of two months. He is now successfully practising his pro- 
fession in the city of Detroit. 

A daughter married Mr. E. M. Young, Barrister, County 
Clerk, and a leading lawyer of Prince Edward County. Two 
unmarried daughters, Helen Louise and Lillian Leone, reside with 
their parents. 

As a citizen, Mr. Boulter, by his hospitality, and the keen, 
unselfish interest in the public good, has won himself a place in 
the hearts and memories of the people. 

On the call of the motherland to her colonies for assistance 
during the late war in South Africa, the 16th Battalion of Prince 
Edward was permitted to send four men. Out of these, three 
were from Mr. Boulter's factory, to wit, Capt. Wall, Color-Sergeant 
Croft, and Christopher Holland. Mr. Boulter, who is a thorough 
loyalist, helped to organize a splendid " send off " to the men. It 
was a most hearty one, in which the whole town took part, and 
Mr. Boulter, in addition to this, so we since learn, gave each of the 
four volunteers the sum of $15.00 as a "good luck and Godspeed " 
to the far away scene of action. Some time afterwards five more 
men of the county went out to assist in the great struggle, and 
Mr. Boulter organized another equally popular and triumphal 
departure, and, through his efforts, the town council granted $50.00 
to each of the contingent, and the county council the same amount. 
On the return of these soldiers, Picton gave them a splendid wel- 
come home, and Mr. Boulter, who was chairman of the Reception 
and Welcome Home Committee, gave each of the men a British 
sovereign, believing it to be a medal of practical benefit. 

In other respects than as a manufacturer has Mr. Boulter 
advanced the town of Picton. In 1903 he built one of the 
finest skating rinks to be found in the province ; its dimensions 
are 190 by 75 feet, all covered with galvanized iron, with two club 
rooms, reception rooms for ladies and gentlemen, and two large 
gymnasiums for either sex. 

Looking out of the large bay window of Mr. Boulter's office 
arc to be seen two fine cannon, each of them having its own history 
in the part it played in the Canadian war of defence. One is a 
thirty-two pounder, made in 1807, and did execution against the 


Americans at the battle of Queenston Heights. The other, a thirty 
pounder, made in 1812, and doubtless cast specially to do service 
in the war of that period, and afterwards used at the battle of the 
windmill, in the rebellion of 1837-38. These historic relics of the 
war and rebellion are interesting links of the past with our present 
peaceful Dominion, and are very much prized by Mr. Boulter, who 
has at many times given evidence in a substantial manner that he 
is a loyal son of the Empire. 



I. Nathaniel James Boulter, m. Mary Fortier ; set. Big Island. 

Issue : (1) Sarah L., (2) George H., (3) Charles W., (4) Mary 
E., (5) Havelock, (6) Albert F., and two others, who d. in inf. 
The father died June 3, 1905. 

II. Charlotte S. Boulter, m. 1st, Carpenter Ho well, and 2nd, 
Archie Fowler ; set. Washington. No issue. 

III. George H. Boulter, m. 1st, Deborah Grass, and 2nd, Emma 
Grass ; set. Stirling. Issue : (1^ Florence. The father d. 
1894, aged 71 years. 

IV. Theodore H. Boulter, d. y., unm. 

V. Sarah Boulter, m. 1st, Henry Boulter, and 2nd, Col. Vorhees; 
set. Chicago. Issue : (1) John, (2) Henry, (3) Althena, and 

(4) Ida. 

VI. Matilda Boulter, m. John Cummings ; set. Percy. Issue : 
(1) George, (2) Sarah, (3) Henry, (4) Hattie, (5) Alice, (6) 
John, (7) Althena, (8) Frank, (9) Mary, (10) Helen, and (11) 

VII. Emily Boulter, m. William Ryerson Dempsey ; set. Amelias- 
burgh. Issue : (1) Reginald, (2) Annie, (3) Flora, (4) Mary, 

(5) William, (6) Helen, (7) Letitia, (8) Henry, and two others, 
who died in inf. The father and mother are still living (1904). 

VIII. Wellington Boulter, m. Nancy Helen Sprague ; set. finally 
Picton. Issue : (1) Clara B., (2) G. Edward, (3) Frank E. N., 
(4) Helen L., (5) J. Henry, and (6) Lillian Leone. 

IX. Collingwood Boulter, m. and set. Cheyenne, U.S. 


X. Maria Boulter, m. Donald Graham ; set. Belleville. Issue : 
(1) Annie, and (2) another child d. in inf. 

XI. Edward Boulter, unm. Joined the Federal army, and was 
killed in the Civil War. 

XII. Nelson Boulter, unm.; set. Cheyenne, U.S. 

XIII. Alice Boulter, m. James Stewart, Banker, Trenton. Issue : 
(1) Irene and (2) Elsie. 

XIV. Wilson Boulter, m. and set. Chicago ; no issue. 

XV. Frank Boulter, unm.; set. Chicago. 

XVI. Marion Boulter, unm.; set. Chicago. 

XVII. Wallace Boulter, unm.; set. Chicago. 


See I. The Nathaniel James Boulter Branch : 

( 1 ) Sarah L. Boulter, m. S. A. Cole ; set. Marysburg. Issue : 
(a) Claude, (6) Edna, (c) Elsworth, (d) Arthur and (e) 

(2) ^George H. Boulter, m. Georgiana Jeffrey; set. Big Island. 
Issue ; (a) Luella d. in inf.), (b) Beatrice, (c) Ralph, (d) 
Norman S., (d.), (e) Ilah, (/) Donah Havelock, (d.), (g) 
Donah S. and three d. in inf. 

(3) Charles W. Boulter, m. Jennie Hatfield ; set. Michigan. 

Issue : (a) Florence and (b) Mary E. 

(4) Mary E. Boulter, m. W. A. Anderson ; set. Ameliasburgh. 

Issue ; (a) Jennie, (b) Kathleen and 2 d. in inf. 

(5) Havelock Boulter, drowned in youth. 

(6) Albert F. Boulter, m. Lizzie Smith ; set. Syracuse, N.Y. 

Issue : (a) William A. and (b) Nathaniel James. 

See III. The George H. Boulter, M.D., Branch : 

(1) Florence Boulter, m. George Skinner; set. Los Angeles, 
California. Issue : (a) Reginald, and three others. 

See VIII. The Wellington Boulter Branch : 

(1) Clara Boulter, m. E. M. Young, Barrister, of Picton, and 

County Clerk, Prince Edward County. Issue : (a) Helen 

(2) George Edward Boulter, m. Nellie German; set. Picton. 

Issue: (a) Leland Wellington and (b) Katharine, 2 d. in inf. 


(3) Frank E. N. Boulter, m. Gertrude Bongard ; set. Picton ; 

no issue. 

(4) Helen Louise Boulter. ^ |cijvx Qi L/J 

(5) J. Henry Boulter, M.D. 

(6) Lillian Leone Boulter. 


John Babcock was a young English officer who came out to 
fight in the American Revolutionary War. After the Peace he 
came into Canada and rose to the rank of Colonel. 

Sometime before 1812 he married Polly ' Hubble. The 
Hubbies were a targe family settled round Stirling, and there is a 
story concerning the courtship of the fair Polly. She lived with 
her parents sixteen miles back in Rawdon, and her lover lived 
on the opposite shore in Ameliasburgh. After riding to the Bay 
shore, he would ford the marsh to Pine Island, where he would 
divest himself of his clothes, which lie rolled into a bundle and 
fastened on his horse's head. He then led the horse into the 
water, and, keeping by his side, swam to Smith's, or Nigger Island. 
Crossing the island, he again took to water and swam to Stickle's, 
or Hunt's Point. Here, this Romeo of the bush, dressed and con- 
tinued his journey on horseback. 

John Babcock seems to have been a fearless and genial com- 
panion, and the story of his courtship is very typical of himself. 
He finally located near the Weeses, with whom he became very 
friendly, joining in their hunts and dances. The first location of 
the Babcocks would seem to have been in Adolphustown, for the 
names of John and William are given as inhabitants of the Fourth 
Town in 1795. The name of John alone appears in 1796; after 
that there is no mention of either. The inference is that 
then they crossed over to Prince Edward County. 

Colonel Babcock took advantage of the first available oppor- 
tunity to resign his commission; for the health of his wife and the 
care of his family would not permit him to be long absent from 
home. His wife suffered from a stroke while he was on duty in 
1812 ; but time was her healer, and she fully recovered to live to 


the old age of eighty years. She died in 1852 ; and her soldier- 
pioneer husband predeceased her by six years. 

The Babcocks went in extensively for lumbering, and William 
and John R., two sons of the pioneer, owned the first saw- mill in 
the district of their homestead. 



I. William Babcock, m. Phoebe M. Redner; set. Ameliasburgh. 

Issue : (1) James H., (2) John H., (3) Cinderella, (4) Mary C. 
and (5) Letitia. The father d. 1851. 

II. John R. Babcock, m. (1st) Jane Cunningham and (2nd) 
Berthany DeLong ; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue: (by 1st) (1) 
William B. and (2) Agnes C. and (by 2nd) (3) Charles, (4) 
George, (5) A. Jennie, (6) Roderick and (7) Minnie. The 
father d. 1895, aged 84 years; Berthany Babcock, d. 1869, 
aged 44 years. 

III. Elijah Babcock, m. Elizabeth Brickman; set. Ameliasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Lewis, (2) William R., (3) Lewis, (4) Matilda A. 
and (5) Mary E. The father d. about 1882, aged 75 years; 
the mother d. about 1883. 

IV. James Babcock, m. Sarah A. Reddick; set. Ameliasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Robert, (2) Charles, (3) Armilla, (4) Alzina, (5) 
Emma and (6) Corinthia. 

V. Catherine Babcock, m. James P. Morden; set. Ameliasburgh. 

Issue: (1) Mary, (2) Lorraine, (3) Sarah, (4) Phoebe A., (5) 
Ella R., (6) Catharine and (7) Isaac. 

VI. Rhoda Babcock, m. Allen Miller; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue: 
(1) John, (2) David and (3) William H. 

VII. Margaret Babcock, m. (1st) Henry Brickman and (2nd) 
William Hickerson; set. Ameliasburgh and Thurlow 
respectively. Issue: (by 1st) (1) Elijah; and (by 2nd) (2) 
William A.,. (3) James H, (4) Easter M., (5) Mary B. and (6) 

VIII. Mary Babcock, m. John Russell; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue: 
(1) Catherine, (2) John, (3) Smith B., (4) John, (5) William, 


(6) Wellington, (7) George, (8) James, (9) Mary E. arid (10) 
Isaac M. 

IX. Phoebe Babcock, m. George Cunningham; set. Ameliasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Henry, (2) John, (3) Victoria, (4) Jane C., (5) 
Mary L., (6) Eliza E. and (7) Louisa. 

X. Easter Babcock, m. Conrad Cunningham; set. Ameliasburgh. 

Issue: (1) John R., (2) Robert, (3) Conrad and (4) Orillia. 

XI. Elizabeth Babcock, m. Samuel Reddick ; set. Ameliasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Wellington, m. Josephine Sager; set. Ameliasburgh; 
no issue. 

XII. Amarilla Babcock, m. (1st) Joseph Pierson and (2nd) John 
Skinkle ; set. respectively, Ameliasburgh and Percy. Issue : 
(by 1st) (1) Melissa and (2) Josephine ; and (by 2nd) (3) 
Alonzo, (4) Wesley, (5) Charles and (6) Cory. 

XIII. Lucinda Babcock, m. John Skinkle; set. Percy. Issue: (1) 
William, (2) George,' (3) James, (4) John, (5) Elijah, (6) 
Catherine and (7) Jane. 

XIV. Hannah Babcock, m. Thomas Dempsey; set. Ameliasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Charles, (2) James, (3) Charlotte and (4) Jane. 

See IX. The Phoebe Babcock Branch : 

(1) Henry Cunningham, m. Huldah Redner; set. Ameliasburgh. 

Issue : (a) Ada Cunningham, m. Herbert Dempsey; issue : 
Morley; (b) Mary Cunningham, m. Hiram Adams; issue: 

(2) John Cunningham, unm.; set. on the old Cunningham 

homestead in Ameliasburgh. 

(3) Victoria Cunningham, unm.; set. on the old homestead. 

(4) Jane C. Cunningham, m. 1st, Thomas Jones, and 2nd, 

Adam Saunders; set. Picton. Issue : by 1st (a) Mettie 
Jones, m. 1st, Fred Anderson, and 2nd, Walter Love ; set. 
finally Picton ; issue : Muriel and Charles J. Love, (b) 
* George Jones, d. unm. 

(5) Mary E. Cunningham, d. unm. 

(6) Eliza E. Cunningham, m. John Tweed $ Kingston ; set. 

Toronto. Issue: (a) Frank, m. Hannah Cann; set. 
Toronto ; issue : Muriel and John G., (6) Fred, (c) Percy* 
(d) Percy Flood, (e) Thomas V. and (/) Edith A. 


(7) Louisa Cunningham, in. Frank Sanders ; set. Medina, 
N. Y. Issue : (a) Florence, m. Harry Corin ; issue : 1 

See X. The Easter Babcock Branch : 

(1) John R. Cunningham, a Major in the army, m. Cynthia 

Consaul ; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue : (a) Thomas, (6) 
George, (c) Fred, (d) Frank and (e) Amarilla. 

(2) Robert Cunningham, m. Miss Parliament ; set. Dakota. 

(3) Conrad Cunningham, m. and set. Chicago. 

(4) Orillia Cunningham, m. Charles Lauder ; set. Amelias- 

burgh. Issue : (a) Fred and (b) Edith. 


The Clapps are descended from the celebrated George Gilson 
Clapp, M.D. He seems to have settled in South Carolina about 
1666, and the following sketch will be found of no little interest. 

"George Gilson Clapp, M.D., was born in England and was 
educated for the profession of medicine ; he possessed an ardent 
thirst for knowledge and visited most of the countries of Europe, 
extending his travels through Palestine and some parts of the 
Turkish Empire. He visited the Holy Sepulchre at Jerusalem, in 
the character of a pilgrim, the only mode in which he could travel 
in safety. He acquired a knowledge of various languages and 
assumed many of the oriental customs, amongst others the habit 
of chewing opium, of which he became fond to excess. He crossed 
the Red Sea and also the Black and Dead Seas, travelled in Egypt, 
and returned to his native country after spending nearly twenty 
years in foreign nations, and the greater part of a large fortune. 
Soon after his return to England, he commenced the practice of 
medicine in London, but the Great Plague breaking out soon after, 
he removed to this country in the year 1666 or 1667 and settled 
himself in South Carolina, where he resided for about two years, and 
tin -ii removed to the city of New York. The Colony was at that 
time under the government of Lord Cornberry, upon whose 
advice Dr. Clapp settled himself in West Chester County, about 
thirty miles from the city. He was esteemed one of the most 


learned men in the Colony, and such was his reputation in his 
own neighborhood in this respect that an idea prevailed amongst 
many of his neighbors that he was possessed of some supernatural 

Joseph Clapp, a lineal descendant of George Gilson Clapp, 
M.D., married Mercy Carpenter, and died in Dutchess County, N. 
Y., about 1776. At least, five of his children came to Canada, to 
wit, three brothers, Joseph, Benjamin and James, and two sisters, 
namely, B-hoda, who married Mr. Losee, and settled near Bath, 
and Ursula, who married Sampson Striker, and died in Hallowell. 

Sampson Striker, and his brother-in-law, Joseph Clapp, then 
eighteen years of age, came together to Ontario, via Lake Champ- 
lain, Montreal, and up the St. Lawrence with a sleigh and a pair 
of horses, in the month of January, 1887, and finally settled in 
Adolphustown, having been twenty-eight days on the journey 
from their home in Dutchess County. This Joseph Clapp, the sixth 
remove from Dr. George Gilson, at first lived with his brother-in- 
law, Sampson Striker, but soon after his arrival in Canada, he 
married Nancy Millar, a niece of John Roblin, who came over 
with the Roblin family from Dutchess County. In their old home 
in the Empire State, the Clapps were members of the Society of 
Friends, commonly known as Quakers, but John Roblin was early 
converted to the Methodist Church by Fathers William Losee and 
Darius Dunham. In February, 1792, when Rev. William Losee 
took up a subscription list, to erect a church on Hay Bay (one of 
the first Methodist churches to be erected in Canada) we find the 
name of Joseph Clapp as a contributor to the building fund. 

The Clapps have been prominent characters in the municipal 
life of Adolphustown since that June day on which Major VanAls- 
tine and his party of United Empire Loyalists landed on Hay Bay 
shore. From the records that have been preserved we find that 
Benjamin Clapp was in 1793 appointed a Fence Viewer and 
Overseer of the Highways, and that Benjamin and Gilbert Clapp 
at different times held each of the various offices at the disposal of 
the yearly town meetings; and in 1837 we find Reuben B. Clapp 
appointed Town Clerk. 

In a list of the inhabitants of Adolphustown in 1794 we find 
the names of two brothers, Benjamin and Joseph Clapp. Mr. 


Casey mentions a John Clapp as a soldier in Burgoyne's army 
during the war of the Revolution, and we know John on the 26th 
January, 1829, attended a sale of the property of Daniel 
Haight, of Adolphustown, and purchased a pocket compass, a 
toasting fork, and numerous other articles for which he paid the 
cash. The first named took up eighty acres on the west half of 
lot 13, 3rd concession of Adolphustown, and the latter settled on 
the one hundred acres west-half of lot 25 of the same concession, 
where he lived and died. 

Joseph probably traded his eighty acres for supplies and stock 
before he crossed the Bay to Prince Edward County. He finally 
located at Milford, where he was the owner of several hundred 
acres. The greater portion of the land under the old law of 
primogeniture fell to Joseph's eldest son, Philip. Philip was killed 
by lightning September 16th, 1832, and left a large estate to his 
young son, Philip, who, at maturity, gave three hundred acres to 
his two sisters, Nancy and Sarah. Nancy married and settled on 
hers ; but Sarah married in North Marysburg and disposed of her 
share. In this way, with a subdivision going on with each fresh 
generation, it is easily understood how many of the large tracts of 
land held by the pioneers have dwindled down into small farms, or 
are now not even held in the old name. 

A love for machinery would seem always to have been a 
characteristic trait of the Clapp family. When the pioneer, Joseph, 
landed in Marysburg he built the first lumber mill in the township. 
The location of the mill was the origin of the present name of 

The township was then covered densely with pine and- oak. 
A trade in this lumber was being inaugurated with Europe, by 
way of Quebec. Sport was excellent and game abounded. David 
B. Clapp, of Picton, a grandson of the pioneer, remembers seeing a 
big buck shot in the sixties. 

Joseph Clapp does not seem to have been a very strong 
adherent of the Friends in Canada, for he took up arms in 1812. 
While performing military duties that year he succumbed to a 
malady contracted at Kingston. He has left many descendents 
scattered throughout the Bay of Quinte district, holding important 
positions in public affairs and commercial enterprises. 



James Clapp, the second son of the pioneer Joseph, married an 
Irish girl called Jane Sproule. She came to Canada with her 
brothers, and made the whole of the journey from Montreal in 
batteaux. The slow progress made may be inferred from the fact 
that the boat had to be towed with its head pointed outwards. As 
the current then flowed between the prow and the shore, the 
batteau was kept from beaching. Joseph, a son of James Clapp, 
was a Captain in the Sixteenth Battalion of the Prince Edward 
volunteers, and served in the Fenian Raid in 1866. 

James A. Clapp, son of Samuel and Sarah Fralick Clapp, and 
grandson of the Pioneer, has now lived for many years in Picton, 
where he has occupied the highest civic position, and is, perhaps, 
the town's most prominent citizen. 

Another distinguished member of this famous old family is 
R. M. Clapp, M.D., M.P.P., now living at Mildmay, County of 
Bruce. The Doctor is a highly educated physician, having gradu- 
ated at Toronto, and subsequently pursued his studies at Vienna, 
Berlin, and Leipsic. He enjoys a large and lucrative practice, but 
still finds time for political interest and public service. He was 
Reeve of Carrick, 1898-9, and stood for the Provincial Parliament 
in the riding of South Bruce at the general elections of 1902, but 
was defeated. In 1905 he was returned for this riding, being its 
first Conservative member. His predecessors in service were : 
Hon. Edward Blake, and Hon. Speaker Wells. 

Reuben Clapp, heretofore mentioned as Town Clerk of Adolph- 
ustown, in 1837, was a son of Gilbert and Elizabeth Clapp. His 
grandson, Charles S. Clapp, the well-known merchant of Belleville, 
has in his possession the old family bible, showing the genealogy 
of this family for more than a century. From this book, yellow 
with age, the historian may glean the fact that on June 13th, 
1826, Reuben B. Clapp married Elida Canniff, a member of the 
well-known Canniff family, and first cousin of Dr. Canniff, the 
historian, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Mr. McDowell. 

Charles S. Clapp, youngest son of Phillip and Sarah Van 
Tassel Clapp, and grandson of Reuben B. Clapp, was born February 
20, 1864, in what is now the City of Belleville. He attended 
school in the county of Northumberland; and, returning to Belle- 
ville about 1880, he at once sought employment in the bakery and 


confectionery business. Having thoroughly mastered the details 
of this business, he opened a store on his own account, in 1890, 
and his business has steadily developed and improved until, to-day, 
he owns and operates one of the most up-to-date confectionery and 
bakery establishments in the Bay of Quinte region. 

On October 27, 1896, Mr. Clapp married Ida Story. They 
attend the Methodist -Church. Mr. Clapp is a Liberal in politics, 
and his fraternal affiliations include the Masons and the I.O.F. 

In 1880, Mr. Clapp joined the 15th Regiment, and, in 1885, 
was gazetted sergeant, and served through the Northwest Rebellion 
as a member of Company A., Midland Battalion, commanded by 
Lieut. -Colonel Williams. In 1890 he was gazetted as 1st Lieutenant, 
and served until he severed his connection with the regiment in 
1902. His military record extended over twenty- two years, during 
which period he was decorated with the long service medal of the 
Imperial Government, and a medal for gallant service in the field 
during the Northwest Rebellion. 

Another member of this numerous family was Elias Clapp, 
who married Mary Borland, of the pioneer Borland family. Of 
their six sons and three daughters, John married San h Smith, 
and had issue : 

I. Gilbert Clapp, m. Nancy Simmons. Issue: (1) Fannie Clapp, 

m. Br. R. A.. Leonard ; set. Napanee. Issue : (a) Raymond G. 
(d.y.), (6) William E., (c) Edith M., (d) Hazel L., and (e) 
Frances C. , 

II. Borland Clapp, m. Catherine Huffman. 

III. Elias Clapp, m. Beborah Borland. 

IV. Allan Clapp, m. and set. Australia. 

V. John Clapp, unm. 

VI. and VII. Smith and Bavid Clapp, d. y. 

VIII. Elizabeth Clapp, m. John Vandewater. 

IX. Mary Clapp, m. Edward Nugent. 

X. Sarah Clapp, m. Matthew Elliott. 



I. Sarah Clapp, m. John Vandewater ; set. Sidney. Issue : (1) 


Catherine, (2) Nancy, (3) James, (4) Elizabeth, (5) Rachael, 
(G) Julia A., (7) Joseph, (8) John, (9) Henry, (10) Sarah, (11) 
Caroline, (12) Philip and (13) David. 

II. Philip Clapp, m. Melinda Head; set. Milford. Issue: (1) 

Nancy, (2) Sarah and (3) Philip. 

III. James Clapp, m. Jane Sproule ; set. Milford. Issue: (1) 
Joseph, (2) Robert. (3) John, (4) William, (5) Samuel, (G) 
Jane and (7) Nancy. 

IV. George Clapp, m. Nancy Herbert ; set. Milford. Issue : (1) 
Mary, (2) Philip, (3) Patience, (4) Minerva, (5) David, (6) 
Eliza, (7) Caroline, (8) Lois, (9) James, and 3 d.y. 

V. Catherine Clapp, m. Levi Baldwin ; set. near Hamilton. 

VI. Patience Clapp, m. Edward Dulmage; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue : (1) Sheldon, (2) James, (3) Nancy, (4) Mary J., (5) 
John, (6) Alpheus, (7) Edward, (8) Jacob and (9) Benjamin. 

VII. Samuel Clapp, m. Sarah Fralick ; set. Milford. Issue: (1) 
George, (2) Jacob, (3) James A., (4) Joseph, (5) John, (G) 
Howard, (7) Mary, (8) Nancy, (9) Kate, (10) Susan, (11) 
Sarah and (12) Jennie. 

VIII. Joseph Clapp, m. Susan Fralick; set. Milford. Issue: (1) 
Thomas, (2) Sarah A., (3) Mahala, (4) Deborah, (5) Dorland 
and (6) Patience. 

See II. The Philip Clapp Branch: 

(1) Nancy Clapp, m. John B. Welbanks; set. Milford. 

(2) Sarah Clapp, m. Peter David; set. North Marysburg. 

(3) Philip Clapp, m. Nancy Kelly ; set. Milford, and finally he 

died in Harriston, 1904. Issue: (a) David P. Clapp, 
Inspector of Schools; m. 1st, Alice MacDonald and 2nd, 
Jennie E. Brydon; set. Harriston. Issue: Nellie M., m. 
James N. Scott ; set. Mt. Forest ; Florence, m. Dr. Charles 
Jones, Jr. ; set. Mt. Forest; Itola and Jacqueline, (b) 
John Clapp, m. and set. Montana. Issue: Thomas and 
William, (c) William R. Clapp, d. without issue, (d) 
Robert Clapp, M.D., M.P.P., m. Zillah Davis; set. Mild- 
may, Bruce County. Issue : Hildagarde and Pauline, (e) 
Minnie Clapp, m. Richard Wells; set. Harriston. Issue: 
Arthur and Gerald, (/) May Clapp, m. Luther Foot; set. 


Rochester, N.Y. Issue: Elsie; (g) Maggie Clapp, unm. ; 
set. Alberta. 

See IV. The George Clapp Branch: 

(1) Minerva Clapp, m. John Johnson; set. Toronto. Issue : 

(a) David Johnson, in. Miss Strange ; set. Toronto. Issue : 
4 (6) Myrtle Johnson, unrn..; set. Toronto, (c) Annie 
Johnson, m. W. Owens; set. Picton. Issue: Charles, (d) 
Monroe Johnson, m. and set. N.W.T. No issue. 

(2) and (3) Caroline and Lois Clapp, unm. ; set. on homestead. 

(4) David B. Clapp, travelled extensively over Great Lakes; 

in. Lydia Brooks; set. finally Picton. No issue. 

(5) James Clapp, unm. ; set. Hallowell. 

(6) Eliza Clapp, m. William Harden; set. Detroit. Issue: (<.i) 

Albert, (b) George, (c) William and (d) Eveline. 

(7) Patience Clapp, m. James Johnson ; set. Cannington. 

Issue : (a) Annie Johnson, m. Edward George ; set. 
Toronto. No issue. (6) Florence Johnson, in. Rev. 
Wesley Shire. No issue, (c) George Johnson, m. and 
set. on homestead. No issue, (d) Edward Johnson, unm.; 
set. Chicago. 

(8) Philip Clapp, m. Elizabeth Bedell ; set. Milford. Issue : 

(a) Albert Clapp, Engineer, m. Maude Macdonald ; set. 

(9) Mary Clapp, d. unm. 

See VII. The Samuel Clapp Branch: 

(1) George Clapp, m. and set. Athol. Issue: (a) Allan, (b) 

John, (c) Anson, '(d) Ida, (e) Annie, and (/) Elton. 

(2) Jacob Clapp, m. arid set. Napanee. 

(3) James A. Clapp, Mayor of Picton four terms, and Alder- 

man ; m. Eleanor Bullis ; set. Picton. Issue : (a) Clinton 
J. Clapp, m. Edith Magee ; set. Picton. Issue : Percy, 
Gladys, Hilda, and Gerald ; (6) Carrie Clapp, d. y. 

(4) Joseph Clapp, m. and set. Milwaukee. 

(5) John Clapp, m. and set. Michigan. No issue. 
(()) Howard Clapp, m. and set. Michigan. 

(7) Mary Clapp, -m. Peter Krtchcson ; set. Arizona. Issue: 
fi James. 


(8) Nancy Clapp, m. George Clark ; set. Chicago. Issue : 

(a) George, and (b) John, unm. 

(9) Kate Clapp, m. James Corey ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 

(a) William. 

(10) Susan Clapp, m. and set. Picton. 



I. Philip Clapp, b. Aug. 1, 1827 ; m. Sarah L. VanTassell. Issue: 

(1) William, (2) George, (3) Charles S., (4) Mary Elizabeth, 
(5) Dora Matilda, (6) Edith, and (7) Maud. 

II. Thomas Casey Clapp, b. Oct. 12, 1833. By another marriage, 
Reub n B. Clapp had four other children, to wit : 

MI. Samuel Clapp. 

IV. Sarah Clapp. 

V. Elida Clapp. 

VI. Letitia Clapp. 

See I. The Philip Clapp Branch : 

(1) William Clapp, m. Harriet Foster ; set. Manitoba. 

(2) George Clapp, m. Phila McTaggart ; set. Alberta. 

(3) Charles S. Clapp, m. Ida Story ; set. Belleville. No issue. 

(4) Mary Elizabeth Clapp, m. Herbert Foster ; set. Van- 

couver, B.C. 

(5) Dora Matilda Clapp, m. John Barr ; set. Ingersoll, Ont. 

(6) Edith Clapp, unm. 

(7) Maud Clapp, unm., living in British Columbia. 


Henry Corby, late member of the Provincial Parliament of 
Ontario, and founder of the village of Corbyville, and of the great 
business now conducted at that place by his son Henry Corby, was 
born at Hanwell, County Middlesex, now a part of the city of 
London, England ; but his son and namesake, Henry, (who is now 


sole owner of the milling, distilling and exporting business founded 
by him) is a native of Canada, having been born at Belleville, in 
1851. Henry Corby, the elder, married Matilda Williams, and 
had several children. 

Henry Corby, the younger, was educated at the Belleville 
Public Schools and Rockwood Academy, and after receiving a 
thorough commercial course entered upon the management of his 
father's business. Of his two brothers, Charles married Ida 
Taylor, and settled in Seattle, in the State of Washington, and 
James married Gussie Soles, and settled in the city of Chicago., 
Henry Corby married in 1872, Maria Courtney, and their family 
consists of three daughters ; Tilly, who married C. S. Laidlaw, and 
has one child, a daughter, Elizabeth ; Helen R., who married F. C. 
T. O'Hara, and settled at Ottawa; and Alice A. M., who resides 
with her parents at their home in Belleville. 

Henry Corby was elected to Parliament by acclamation in 
1888, and through succeeding elections retained his seat until 1900, 
when he retired from Parliament to the great regret of his con- 
stituents and the Conservative party generally throughout the 
Dominion. He has been most active in building up and promoting 
his native city. He is the owner of Mississaga Park, a splendid sum- 
mer resort on the picturesque shore of the Bay of Quinte. He was 
also active and prominent in the erection of the Hotel Quinte at 
Belleville, said to be the finest hotel between Toronto and Montreal ; 
and he financially engineered the completion of the bridge which 
spans the Bay, and connects the counties of Hastings and Prince 
Edward. He is devoted to out-door sports, which he has greatly 
helped to promote and encourage, being President of the 
Belleville Cricket Club, the Belleville Yacht Club and the Belleville 
Bicycle Club ; and he is an active member of the Forest and 
Stream Club. His fraternal associations include the Masons, the 
Oddfellows and the Sons of England, the Ancient Order of Forest- 
ers, the Canadian Order of Foresters, the Independent Order of 
Foresters, the Chosen Friends, the Royal Arcanum and the 

It is easily understood by all who have met this prominent 
member of the Corby family why he has been accorded such uni- 
versal popularity, and won such marked political success. While 


above all other attributes, he deeply impresses one as a modest, 
unassuming and courteous gentleman, Henry Corby carries into 
his councils the ripe experience of a strenuous and successful man 
of business. 

Charles Corby, brother of Henry, was born at Belleville, on 
August 15th, 1855. He attended the common and grammar 
schools at Belleville, afterwards Upper Canada College, and 
graduated from the Ontario Business College in 1872. He was 
married on April 30th, 1878, to Ida Caroline, second daughter of 
the late Richard Taylor, Esquire. Their family consists of two 
daughters, Edna St. John, born at St. John, N.B., and Ida 
Genevieve, born at Chicago. 

At present Mr. Corby is engaged in the manufacture and sale 
of canned salmon and other fish products, controlling the pro- 
duct of twenty-three canneries on Puget Sound and in Alaska, 
with an average annual output of about 500,000 cases, valued at 
about three millions of dollars. The ramifications of the business 
cover the world, the principal markets, however, being those of the 
United States, Canada, Great Britain, China, Japan, Australia, 
New Zealand, South Africa and parts of Europe. 

He left Canada in 1883, and was engaged in Pacific Coast com- 
mission business at Chicago and New York City until 1901, when 
he located in Seattle, to take the management of his present business. 

He is a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Seattle, the 
Blue Lodge, Chapter and Council, A. F. & A. M., also the Scottish 
Right bodies of Masonry. 


Peter Collier had been an officer in the British Army in 
England and there married his first wife, whose name cannot now be 
ascertained. He came to Canada and settled in South Marysburg 
towards the close of the 18th century at about the time the United 
Empire Loyalists were taking possession. 

He had a very large family, nineteen in all, some of whom 
died young, and others of whom left the country. We can only 
account for twelve, and whether any of these, or how many were 


by his first wife, whom, as we have said, he married in England, 
we cannot tell. One of his children, John, the ninth in order of 
birth, married, Eva Dulmage, so that the Collier family was 
doubly related to one of the oldest and best families of Prince 
Edward County. His son, William, who was married in the 
United States, mindful of his military extraction, and inheriting 
his father's loyalty, was present and fought in the battle of Lundy's 
Lane. He became a large land owner in this district. Lydia and 
Isabella Collier married, the first Lewis Minaker, and the second 
Samuel Ostrander, thus connecting the Colliers with other two old 
and important families. 

The Pioneer was a gentleman of the old school, and just as 
his Old Country love of discipline would have made him the 
object of remark even among military men in the colonies, so his 
habits, as a strict disciplinarian in private life, marked him out for 
remark, in this regard, among the fraternity of settlers in Prince. 
Edward County. Despite this characteristic trait, or was it rather 
in some way because of it, he was known to be an affectionate 
father, and at bottom rather tender-hearted. His descendants are 
well known and held in high respect in the county. 

His son, James Collier, married Mary Dulmage. They had 
eight children, of whom the seventh, Jacob D., was well-known 
for the active and intelligent interest which he took in municipal 
affairs, and for his ability as a ship-builder. He built a number of 
vessels at the old Roblins Mills, below Picton, some of which he 
afterwards commanded himself in person. 

Jacob D. Collier had one son, Peter Collier, who now owns and 
occupies the old homestead originally granted to his great grand- 
father, Peter Collier. Mr. Collier, present owner of this historic 
homestead, takes an active interest in the affairs of the township 
and county, and has served for some years in the council. He has 
in his possession the original deed or patent issued by the Crown, 
in the reign of George III., to Peter Collier, and which is inscribed 
upon parchment and has attached to it the enormous seal of wax 
always used for these deeds at that period. The document is 
dated in 1804, but no doubt the pioneer had drawn his lands and 
taken possession of the same for some years before receiving his 



I. Peter Collier, m. Elsie Hicks ; set. S. Marysburg. No issue. 

II. William Collier, m. in United States ; set. Napanee. Issue : 
(1) Peter B. (2) David, (3) Celia, (4) Lydia, (5) Mahala, and 
(6) Lewis. 

III. Lydia Collier, m. Lewis Minaker ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : 

(I) Nancy, (2) George, (3) Mary, (4) Hannah, (5) Peter, (6) 
Isabella, (7) William, (8) Phoebe, (9) Lewis, (10) Lydia, and 

(II) Alice. 

IV. Nancy Collier, m. Michael Mouck ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue: 
(1) Peter, (2) John, (3) Michael, (4) Andrew, (5) William, (6) 
Solomon, (7) Lewis, (8) Ernest, (9) Ryan, (10) Walter, (11) 
Lydia, and (12) Ann. 

V. Mary Collier, m. Louis Mouck ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) George, (2) Susan, (3) David, and (4) Elsie. 

VI. Isabella Collier, m. Samuel Ostrander ; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Isaac, (2) William, (3) Peter, (4) Samuel, (5) 
Oliver, (6) Edward, (7) Deborah, (8) Lydia, and (9) Sarah. 

VII. Fanny Collier, m. John Ellis ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) John, (2) Ann, (3) William, (4) Lavina, (5) Samuel, (6) 
Fanny, and (7) Mary E. 

VIII. Lavina Collier, m. Isaac Mintz ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) John, (2) Mary J., (3) James, (4) Joseph, (5) Ann, (6) 
Fanny, and (7) Matilda. 

IX. John Collier, m. Eva Dulmage ; set. S. Marysburg. Issu6 : 
(1) Isaac, (2) Eliza A., (3) Elnora, (4) Sylvester, (5) Abigail, 
and (6) Margaret. 

X. James Collier, b. 1800 ; m. Mary Dulmage ; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue : (1) Ellis, (2) Solomon, (3) Sarah E., (4) Joseph, (5) 
James, (6) Alexander, (7) Jacob D., and (8) William. 

XL Martha Collier, m. James Switzer ; set. near Napanee. Issue : 
(1) James, (2) Philip, and (3) Martha; all set. near Napanee. 

XII. Margaret Collier, m. Michael Temple ; set. Lennox and 
Addington ; no issue. 


See X. The James Collier Branch : 

(1) Ellis Collier, m. Margaret Palen ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Levi, (6) Marshal, (c) Mary, and (d) Jane. 

(2) Solomon Collier, m. Eleanor A. Hicks ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) George D., (b) Thomas, and (c) Lewis. 

(3) Sarah E. Collier, m. Thomas Whattam. 

(4) Joseph Collier, m. Isabel Mclntosh ; set. Athol. Issue : 

(a) James T., (b) Whitford, (c) Mary E., and (d) Effie. 

(5) James Collier, m. 1st, .Elizabeth Farrington, and 2nd, 

Harriet Clark ; set. Napanee. Issue : By 1st, (a) Flora, 
(6) a daughter, who died and (c) Samuel J., m. Emily M. 
Cole ; set. Picton. Issue : Harold A., and (c) Borland. 

(6) Alexander Collier, d. in inf. 

(7) Jacob D. Collier, m. Celia Solmes ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Lilly Collier, m. Benjamin H. Palmateer ; set. 
South Bay. Issue : Andrew and Jacob Z. L., (b) Mary 
E. Collier, m. Alburn Robbins ; set. South Bay. Issue : 
Lena and Ray, (c) Peter Collier, m. Amanda J. Welbanks ; 
set. S. Marysburg. Issue : Alva D. 

(8) William Collier, m. Minerva Dulmage ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Sadie Collier. 


Among the solid men of Kingston there is no one more highly 
respected tllan Mr! Michael Conroy, who by his own thrift and 
ability has amassed a comfortable estate and enjoys the esteem and 
respect of all who know him. 

His father, Patrick Conroy, came from Milford, Ireland, about 
1842 and first settled at Montreal. Later on, he removed to 
Kingston. By his wife, Ann Archibald, he had two sons: the 
elder was Michael Conroy, already mentioned; the younger was 
Edward Conroy, a young man of brilliant promise, who studied 
law in the office of Judge B. M. Britton. He died while still but a 
young man and unmarried. 

Patrick Conroy was one of the many young and sturdy 


immigrants who caine from Ireland in the early forties and con- 
tributed in no small way to the up-building of Ontario. As we 
have had occasion to note elsewhere in this work (and especially 
with reference to Kingston and its vicinity) it was the adventurous 
and industrious men from across the sea who transformed the 
scattered and impoverished settlements of the early loyalists into 
the present populous and wealthy Province of Ontario. 

Michael Conroy was born at Montreal, but came with his 
family as a young child to Kingston. Here he received a good 
education first at the school then conducted by the Christian 
Brothers and later at Regiopolis College. He first mastered the 
details of the grocery business and a few years later started in 
business upon his own account. No mercantile business as a rule 
is more precarious than that of the retail grocer; nevertheless 
Mr. Conroy, by shrewdness and frugality, prospered from the very 
start. His profits were largely invested in Kingston real estate 
and after a business career of twenty-seven years he was enabled 
to retire in 1895, with a comfortable competence. He married 
Miss Mary Kingsley, 'of Wolfe Island, sister of Rev. Father 
Kingsley, D.D., now stationed at St. Mary's Cathedral. They have 
one son, Edward John Michael Conroy. 

Mr. Conroy has often been urged to serve in the Council, but 
he has never accepted any political or municipal preferment. He 
is, however, a member of the Liberal party. In religion, he is a 
Roman Catholic, being a generous and faithful member of St. 
Mary's Cathedral Congregation. . 


So closely entwined with the lives of the early settlers are 
the struggles and trials of her devoted missionaries that it may 
well be said that a history of the Methodist Church in this and 
neighboring conferences would be in itself a splendid history of 
the Bay of Quinte region. 

Among the zealous, agressive, ministers who succeeded them, 
and whose labors have left a lasting impress upon this favored 
land, the historian should record Rev. Amos Campbell, now 


resident of Belleville, who on Oct. 13th, 1863, married Elizabeth, 
daughter of Robert, and granddaughter of Conrod Sills, the 

His grandfather, of the Clan Campbell, came from the high- 
lands of Scotland. His father, Archibald Campbell, who married 
Barbara Sager, settled at North Fredericksburg, where the subject 
of this sketch was born, January 1st, 1832. He received his 
early education at the common schools, and later matriculated at 
Albert University. He entered the ministry of the Methodist 
Church in June, 1863, his first charge being at Brighton. His 
next charge was Madoc, then Stirling, Sidney, Norham, Belleville, 
then Brighton, (a second time); there being included during this 
period an additional six months' charge at Belleville. 

He was next appointed Presiding Elder of the Colborne 
District, and some faint idea of his travels and labor during this 
term of service may be gleaned from the fact that his jurisdiction, 
involving quarterly visitations throughout this region, extended 
from Belleville to Cobourg, and north as far as the missions went. 

His next field of labor, occupying seven years, came from his 
appointment as College Agent, during which time, with his accus- 
tomed energy and success, he devoted his efforts to raising an 
endowment fund for Albert College. 

His next charge was Deseronto, then Stirling, (the second 
time) then North Belleville. In 1895, on account of his failing 
health, he was superannuated, after thirty -two years of active 
work, and now resides with his faithful wife at 98 Victoria 
Avenue, Belleville. 

Rev. Campbell for many years has been in great demand 
throughout the country on account of his marvelous success in 
raising money for the building of churches. Many instances 
might be named where he has gladdened a struggling congregation 
by raising for them, and their building fund, three, four and five 
thousand dollars at a time ; but in Belleville at least, his wonder- 
ful service towards building the new and splendid Church of the 
Tabernacle will never be forgotten. A crowd was gathered in the 
butter market of the city building. Rev, Campbell assembled 
them in the City Hall, and in that one evening raised ten thousand 


dollars for the building of the new church, before a spadeful of 
earth had been excavated. 

He was active in founding the Hastings Loan & Investment 
Company, serving as Vice-President, and being a member of the 
board since its formation. He has also continued to serve on the 
board of the amalgamated company known as the Sun & 
Hastings Savings & Loan Co., which holds monthly meetings at 

His son, Albert Campbell, M.D., married Alice Vermilyea and 
resides in Jamestown, N.Y. They have one child, Onnolee. 

His second son, Joseph Campbell, M.D., married Rosaline 
Lockhart. They have one son, Amos John Gladson, and reside at 
Rochester, N.Y. 

His daughter, Annie, now deceased, married Rev. B. R. 
Strangway, B.A.B.D. Her daughter, Ruth, survives her. 


Many years ago a small boy, perhaps about twelve years old, 
was standing on the quay side of the River Liffy, in Dublin, 
watching the dock hands and sailors load cargo on the lighters 
which were 'to convey it out to the vessels lying in mid-channel. 
One of the sailors picked up the boy and took him on the lighter, 
which put off for the ship's side. The little fellow, whose name 
was Daniel Cunningham, thought the trip a delight, and was in 
great glee when the man suggested his going on board. 

When discovered by some of the crew, Daniel was not un- 
naturally regarded by the captain as a stowaway; and stowaways 
were of frequent occurence and had to be dealt with after a 
summary fashion. The captain compromised matters in a way 
that was quite the custom in those days. He decided that to pay 
the passage money he would sell the boy as. an apprentice, when the 
ship reached New York. A Friend stood by and saw the boy 
while the sale progressed. He conceived a liking for his hand- 
some features and well bred bearing, and felt great pity for his 
distressed condition. He bid, and fortunately for Daniel, bid the 
highest price. 


Daniel, at first, was placed among the other servants, but his 
superior nature and breeding could not but be recognized by the 
good Friend and his wife. They decided to take him from the 
kitchen and rear him with their own family, which consisted of 
an only daughter. When Daniel was received at the board of his 
master and friend, he began the romance of his life. Having 
received a good education, and being endowed with a clever brain 
and a bright mind, he won, not the affections alone, but the confi- 
dence of his master, and thrived prosperously in business, being 
made a partner in the firm. If his progress in the well won 
esteem of his master was great, his hold on the affections of his 
master's daughter proved strong enough for her to become his wife; 
but she did not live for many years after her marriage, but died 
in giving birth to her only child, Charles. 

After the death of his young wife, Daniel Cunningham is 
again lost sight of, until it is found recorded in the history of the 
Richmond Family that he married Abigail Richmond. It says : 
" Abigail Richmond, daughter of Cyrus Richmond, who, in the 
fourth generation, was a direct descendant from John Richmond, 
was born in Stonington, Conn., in 1743. She married Daniel 
Cunningham, who was born in Ireland ; and she died in December, 
1819. They removed to Canada in 1795, and lived in Hallo well, 
Prince Edward County. He was one of the survivors of the 
massacre at Fort Henry." 

Daniel Cunningham, owing to the rules of the Friends' 
Society, went to Connecticut to marry his second wife. Some few 
years later, the Revolutionary War broke out, and Daniel was 
pressed to take up arms. But no* matter what threat, what depri- 
vation he suffered, he would not carry the " instruments of war." 
His aggressorsmight tie and lash' the arms to his body, but he 
would not voluntarily carry them; and under no consideration 
could he be made to use them. Seeing that these endeavours were 
utterly hopeless, it was thought that by placing him on board a 
man-o'-war he could be compelled to participate actively in some 
form of warfare. But he does not seem, even then, to have vio- 
lated his principles, for after sailing for some time along the 
American coast he was imprisoned in the gaol at Richmond, 
Virginia, where he died after a couple years' confinement. By 


Abigail Richmond, his second wife, he had : William, who married 
Fanny White ; their descendants appear in the table annexed ; 
Sarah, who married Benjamin Leavens; Mary, who married 
Joseph Barker and Martha, who married Amos Bull. 

The late Joshua Cunningham, born in Hallo well, January 
28th, 1844, was a grandson of William Cunningham, the pioneer. 
He attended the Quaker school at Hallo well, and on May 23rd, 
1866, married Saraphana Reynolds. He located at Trenton in 
1872 and started in the undertaking and livery business, carrying 
on one of the largest businesses of its kind in the Province; no 
better equipped could be found outside of the large cities. He 
stood high in the community, was an honorable business man and 
first-class citizen. Since his demise the business has been 
continued by his only son, Mr. J. Ross Cunningham. 



I. Daniel Cunningham, died in infancy. 

II. Hannah W. Cunningham, m. (1st) John Bell, Pickering and 

(2nd) John Ferris, Kingston and (3rd) Jonathan J. Bower- 
man, Kingston. Issue : one daughter, died in infgfticy. The 
mother d. 1880. 

III. Reuben Cunningham, m. (1st) Elizabeth Bonisteel and (2nd) 
Catherine Donnelly; set. Georgian Bay and St. Vincent. 
Issue: (by 1st) (1) Deborah, (2) Fanny M., (3) Martha, (4) 
Hannah F.; and (by 2nd) (5) William, (6) Amos, (7) Isabel 
(8) Alexia. 

IV. Abigail R. Cunningham, m. John Jones; set. Hallowell. Issue: 

(1) Eliza H., (2) Fanny A., (3) Maria, (4) Abigail E., (5) John 
C. and (6) Ellen S. The father d. 1867, aged 72 years; the 
mother 1879, aged 70 years. 

V. William W. Cunmngnam, m. 1st, Mary Waring, 2nd, Sarah 

Waring, and 3rd, Lydia Cooper; set. Hallowell. Issue: by 
1st, (1) Sarah E. and (2) William W.; by 2nd, (3) Daniel, (4) 
Joshua, (5) Mary, (6) Joseph, (7) Annie, (8) Henry and (9) 


Charles; and by 3rd, (10) Thomas C., (11) Freeman and (12) 

VI. Elizabeth Cunningham, rn. Thomas P. Cooper; set. St. Vincent. 
Issue: (1) William, d. young. 

VII. Cornelius Cunningham, m. 1st, Margaret Lauder, and 2nd, 
Pauline Scriver ; set. St. Vincent. Issue : By 1st, (1) Calvin, 
(2) Margaret, (3) Ellen, (4) Martha; and by 2nd, (5) Fanny, 
and (6) Henry. 

VIII. Esther Cunningham, m. William Baker ; set. Kingston. 
Issue: (1) Sarah F., (2) William F., (3) Samuel S., (4) 
John F., (5) Charles, (6) Elizabeth, (7) Hannah A., and (8) 

IX. Fanny A. Cunningham, m. Rensselaer Leavens ; set. St. 
Vincent. Issue : (1) Reuben, (2) Mary, (3) Sarah, (4) Esther, 
(5) Eliza, (6) Hannah, (7) John, (8) Charles, (9) Minnie, and 
(10) one d. in inf. The members of this family mostly settled 
either in the " Soo " district or Manitoba. 

X. Mary Cunningham, d. in inf. 
XL Martha Cunningham, d. in inf. 

XII. Stephen Cunningham, m. Sarah A. Richards ; set. Nebraska. 
Issue: (1) Almira, (2) Levi, (3) Theodore, (4) Paul, and 
(5) Eliza. 

XIII. Jolm S. Cunningham, rn. Ruth Welborne ; set. Montana. 

XIV. Charles H. Cunningham, in. Fanny VanScriver ; set. Hal- 
lowell. Issue : (1) Mary, (2) William H., (3) Esther J., (4) 
Sarah S., (5) Hannah, (6) Fanny, and (7) Delilah J. 


See V. The William W. Cunningham Branch: 

(1) Sarah E. Cunningham, married Jonathan Clark Bower- 

man; set. Hillier. Issue : (a) Charlotte. 

(2) William W. Cunningham, in. Cornelia E. Greer; set. San 

Francisco. No issue. 

(3) Daniel Cunningham, m. Violet Rowe; set. Toronto. Issue: 

(a) Marcus, d. y. and (b) Edwin. 

(4) Joshua Cunningham, m. Saraphana Reynolds; set. 
Trenton. Issue: (a) Florence, died young, (b) J. Ross. 

(5) Mary Cunningham, m. Gideon Christy; set. Bloomfield. 


(6) Joseph Cunningham, m. 1st, Annie Mills, and 2nd, Mary 

A. Elliot; set. Big Island. 

(7) Annie Cunningham, unmarried. 

(8) Henry Cunningham, m. Frankie Palmer; set. Trenton. 

Issue: (a) William H. 

(9) Charles Cunningham, m. three times and set. California. 

(10) Thomas C. Cunningham, m. and set. Montana. 

(11) Freeman Cunningham; set. Texas. 

(12) Cornelius Cunningham; set. Kansas City. 


The Cronks came from Holland and settled in New York. 
They were well to do, but their estates were confiscated at the 
close of the Revolution. Abraham Cronk, a native of Pough- 
keepsie, fought in the Royal ranks, and after the independence of 
the colonies was recognized by the Mother country, he came to 
Canada and became one of the first settlers in Sophiasburgh, where 
as a United Empire Loyalist, he was granted two hundred acres of 
land, with grants of two hundred more acres for his children 
when they should have attained their majority, under the privi- 
leges of the proclamation. On the corner of his old place is now 
to be found the Lazier cemetery, the land of which he donated the 
township for burial purposes over a hundred years ago. 

He reared a family of six sons and two daughters, all of whom 
are long since deceased. Of their children there is perhaps only 
one alive, viz : James B. Cronk, whose father Abraham Cronk, 
was the son and namesake of the Pioneer. 

James B. Cronk, married Mintchie VanHorn; whose grand- 
father, Cornelius VanHorn, came to Adolphustown in 1812. 
He lives on the old homestead and in the house that was built by 
his father, in 1805. This old homestead was a favorite tarrying 
place for the officers of the British regulars, when transporting 
their troops from point to point in 1812. Upon his next birthday 
James B. Cronk will enter on his eighty -seventh year. 

His two sons also occupy the homestead. Wellington, who is 
unmarried, lives with his father; Henry Selwyn, who occupies the 
eastern part of the large family residence, married a daughter of 
Cornelius Palmer, also of old pioneer stock. 



I. Matthew Cronk, in.; set. Sophiasbtfrgh. Issue: (1) George, 

(2) Paul, (3) Enoch, (4) John, (5) Philip, (6) Mary, (7) 
Eliza and (8) Annie. 

II. Jacob Cronk, m. Annie Solmes; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: (1) 


III. Enoch Cronk, m. Catherine Leavens, b. 1781; set. finally 
Whitby. Issue: (1) Jacob, (2) Nancy, (3) Tabitha, (4) Mary, 

(5) Eliza, (6) Catherine, (7) Deborah, (8) Abraham, (9) Joseph 
and (10) Sarah A. 

IV. Abraham Cronk, m. Elizabeth Barker; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Asa, (2) David, (3) Edward, (4) Abraham, (5) 
Reuben, (6) Lydia, (7) Jacob, (8) Eliza and (9) James B. 

V. Reuben Cronk, m. Lydia Barker; set. Sophiasburgh. No issue. 

VI. Jane Cronk, in. John Gorssline; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: (1) 

Abraham, (2) Nathaniel, (3) Almina, (4) Letty, (5) Catherine, 

(6) John and (7) Phoebe. 

VII. Sarah Cronk, m. James Way; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: (1) 
Daniel, (2) Reuben, (3) Jacob, (4) James, (5) Abbot, (6) Philip, 

(7) Lavina, (8) Jemima, (9) Rachael, (10) Elizabeth, (11) 
Nancy and (12) Sarah. 

VIII. John Cronk, m. and set. Sophiasburgh. No issue. 

See IV. The Abraham Cronk Branch: 

(1) James B. Cronk, m. Mintchie VanHorn ; set. on old home- 

stead, Sophiasburgh. Issue: (a) A. Wellington and (b) 
H. Selwyn, m. Ella Palmer; set. Sophiasburgh. (Issue: 
Frank, James B., Effra M. and Leah M.) 

(2) Edward Cronk, m. Jane Taylor; set. finally Bloomfield, 

No issue. 

(3) Jacob Cronk, m. Mary A. C. Taylor; set. Belleville. 

Issue: (a) Elizabeth Jane, m. John R. Kelley, deceased; 
(b) Theresa, (c) Whitfield and (d) Frank. 

(4) Asa Cronk, m. Rena Phelps; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 

(a) Sarah, (b) Reuben, (c) Walter, (d) Elizabeth, (e) 


Cornelius, (/) Asa, (g) Amanda, (h) Hannah M. and (i) 

(5) David Cronk, m. Sarah Shortt; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 

(a) Edward, (6) Louisa, (c) Caroline, (d) Barker and (e) 

(6) Lydia Cronk, m. Jacob Cronk; set. Whitby. 

(7) Eliza Cronk, m. Lewis Bogart; set. Adolphustown. 

(8) Reuben Cronk, d. unm. 

(9) Abraham Cronk, m. Nancy Burdett; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue: (a) Abraham. 


The Crothers have been farmers in Tyrone, Ireland, from 
time immemorial. The Canadian pioneer was William Crothers, 
who settled in Prince Edward County, about 1840. He worked 
for a time as a farm-hand, but having purchased a farm in 
Sophiasburgh, of some two hundred and fourteen acres, he was 
enabled by thrift and industry to pay for the same within nine 
years time. It is a fine farm on the Marsh Front, one mile west 
of Northport, and the frame house that had been erected by the 
former owner, Benjamin Smith, is -still in a good state of preserva- 
tion, and incorporated into the handsome home, now occupied by 
Robert J. Crothers, the grandson of the Pioneer. 

Robert J. Crothers is a successful farmer, who has much 
improved the old homestead as to attractiveness and value. He 
is one of the solid men of Sophiasburgh and is universally esteemed 
and respected. He married Helen M. Gardner and their children 
include : Lena, Avis, Addie and William. 



I. James Crothers, m. Mary J. Grey; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 
(1) Nancy, (2) Jane, (3) William, (4) James, (5) Sarah, (6) 
Lydia, (7) Andrew, (8) John and (9) Emma. This family, 
with the exception of Sarah, who married Robinson Haight 


and settled in Hastings, are either deceased or living in various 
parts of the United States. 

II. William Crothers, m. Nancy Grey ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 
(1) Hutchinson, (2) William J., (3) Robert J., (4) Jacob S., (5) 
Thomas W., (6) Eliza J. and (7) David S. 


See II. The William Crothers Branch : 

(1) Hutchinson Crothers, m. Martha Shanks; set. Sophias- 

burgh. Issue: (a) William and (6) John. Both d. y. 

(2) William J. Crothers, in. Lizzie Bagus; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue: (a) Minnie, (b) William, (c) Norman, (d) Verner, 
(e) Florence, (/) Ernest and (g) Harry. 

(3) Robert J. Crothers, m. Helen M. Gardner; set. Sophias- 

burgh. Issue: (d) Lena, (6) Avis, (c) Addie and (c?) William. 

(4) Jacob S. Crothers, m. Isabel Wallace; set. Belleville. 

Issue: (a) Stillman, (6) Lillie and (c) Belle. 

(5) Thomas W. Crothers, Barrister-at-law, m. Mary Burns ; 

set. St. Thomas. No issue. 

(6) Eliza J. Crothers, m. Richard Toy; set. Kingston. Issue: 


(7) David S. Crothers, Barrister-at-law, m. 1st, Catherine 

Horton and 2nd. - . Issue; by 2nd, (a) Wilson. 


The pioneer of this family in Canada was Obadiah Cooper, 
who came from Dutchess County, N.Y., in 1802. He crossed at 
Kingston, but later pushed on to Prince Edward County, and settled 
in Hallo well. He married first, Sarah Pyer, and second, Mary 
VanVlack. He had but seven children, some of whom located in 
New York, but his descendants are still found among the best people 
of Prince Edward County. As far back as 1857, his grandson 
and namesake, Obadiah Cooper, was Justice of the Peace in 
Brighton. The family are proud of their ancestry, and have 
many heirlooms of very considerable value, including a blue delf 
plate now more than a century old. 

John Cooper, second son and child of the pioneer, married 


Mehetabel Bull and settled in Hallowell. He had several children, 
who married and settled principally in Hillier and Bloomfield. 
His son, Henry D. Cooper, married Elizabeth B. Leavens. Their 
son, William Burton Cooper, resides on lot 18, N.W.L., which he 
owns and occupies. He has devoted considerable attention to 
growing hops, and is also a large fruit grower. He married 
Matura J., daughter of John B. Striker. Although quite fully 
occupied with his own interests, Mr. Cooper takes a keen interest 
in current events, and is well known and esteemed for his social 
qualities among his friends and neighbors, and indeed, by all 
who know him. 



I. Thomas Cooper, m. and set. New York. Issue : (1) Obadiah, 

(2) Sarah, (3) Catherine and (4) John. 

II. John Cooper, m. Mehetabel Bull; set. Hallowell. Issue: (1) 
Sarah, (2) Thomas P., (3) Henry B., (4) Obadiah, (5) Ruth, 
(6) Matilda, (7) Mary A., (8) Sarah, (9) Matura, (10) Josiah, 
(11) John J., (12) Sophia and (13) Phoebe. The father d. 
1858, aged 76 yrs; the mother d. 1854, aged 68 yrs. 

III. Maria Cooper, d. y. 

IV. James Cooper, m. 1st, Hannah Hare, and 2nd, Nancy White; 
set. Athol. Issue : By 1st, (1) Lucinda, (2) Mary, (3) Obadiah, 
(4) Huldah, and by 2nd, (5) Elizabeth, and (6) Hannah M. 

V. Catherine Cooper, m. Robert Osborne ; set. Rochester, N.Y. 

VI. Polly Cooper, unm. 

VII. Ruth Cooper, m. Henry Weekes ; set. Rochester, N.Y. 

See II. The John Cooper Branch : 

(1) Sarah Cooper, d. in inf. 

(2) Thomas P. Cooper, m. Elizabeth Cunningham ; set. 

Bloomfield. No issue. 

(3) Henry B. Cooper, m. Elizabeth B. Leavens ; set. Bloom- 

field. Issue : (a) Lydia Cooper, m. William Cunningham ; 
set. Hallowell. (Issue : Thomas, Freeman, and Cornelius;) 


(b) Mary A. Cooper, d. unm.; (c) Maria Cooper, m. James 
A. Gibson ; set. Bloomfield. (Issue : Henry and Sidney) ; 

(d) W. Burton Cooper, in. Matura J. Striker ; set. Bloom- 
field. Issue: Fluella, d. unm., Orville, m. Edith Mc- 
Connell ; set. Schenectaday, N.Y. (Issue : Russell and 
Ashton) ; and (e) Freeman Cooper, m. 1st, Antoinette 
Young, 2nd, Susan Warnsley,- and 3rd, Nettie Lazier. 
No issue. 

(4) Obadiah Cooper, m. Rebecca Burlingham ; set. Bloomfield. 

Issue : (a) Reuben B., (6) John, (c) Luke B., (c?) Thomas 
H., (e) Obadiah, (/) Delilah, and (g) Rensselaer. 

(5) Ruth Cooper, m. Robert Hubbs ; set. South Bay. Issue : 

(a) Phoebe J., (b) Benjamin, (c) Alzina, (d) John, (e) 
Mehetabel, (/) Rebecca, (g) Sarah, and (h) Obadiah. 

(6) Matilda Cooper, m. Asa Thomas ; set. Hillie^r. Issue : 

(a) Sarah M., (b) Mary J., (c) Hamilton, (d) Manley, and 

(e) Orlinda. 

(7) Mary A. Cooper, m. Amos Hubbs ; set. Wellington. Issue: 

(a) Thomas H., (6) Haviland, and (c) Martha. 

(8) Sarah Cooper, m. John Terwilliger ; set. Hillier. Issue : 

(a) Matura J., (b) Obadiah, and (c) Mehetabel. 

(9) Matura Cooper, m. Adam H. Saylor ; set. Bloomfield. 

Issue : (a) Mary J., (b) Phoebe A., (c) Sarah J., (d) 
Lydia M., and (e) Lavine M. 

(10) Josiah Cooper, m. Jane VanCleai* ; set. Bloomfield. 
Issue : (a) John V., (6) Amos, (c) Mary J., and (d) 
Hannah M. 

(11) John J. Cooper, d. in inf. 

(12) Sophia Cooper, m. Vincent Striker; set. Bloomfield. 
Issue : (a) Matura J., m. W. Burton Cooper ; (b) Mary J., 
m. Franklin McDonald; set. Bloomfield. (Issue: Claude), 
and (c) John S., m. Nettie Cahoon ; set. Bloomfield. 
(Issue : Florence and Celia). 

Phoebe Cooper, m. John Locklin ; set. Murray. Issue: 
(a) Mehetabel, (b) William G., (c) Josiah, and (d) Mary. 


John Currie, the founder of this family in Canada, was 
born in Getholm, Roxborouglishire, Scotland, October 25th, 1776. 
During the Napoleonic Wars, he served in the British Navy, under 
Lord Nelson, and was at Trafalgar and other engagements. On 
May 25th, 1805, he married Hannah Lockey, at Jedburgh, and 
they emigrated to America in 1818. The following year they 
went to York, (Toronto), and in 1820 settled in Scarborough, 
where he died ten years later. Shortly after his death, his family 
purchased a farm in East Whitby, and removed there ; afterwards 
becoming quite prominent in the affairs of Ontario County. One 
son, George Currie, became one of its best known merchants and 
grain buyers. He settled at Prince Albert, built a store and 
extensive warehouses, and here made a fortune which he after- 
wards lost. Later he went to Montana and made another fortune 
in the ranching business. He returned to Toronto and lived in 
retirement until his death in 1902. 

Rev. James Currie, eldest son of John Currie, born in Scot- 
land, February 9th, 1808, was educated in Scotland and Toronto, 
and became a Methodist minister. His ministerial duties com- 
menced in 1828, when the country was new, and he experienced 
all the trials and vicissitudes of the pioneer preacher; first going 
to the Indian Mission on Lake Simcoe, and later being on the 
different circuits in Eastern Ontario. While located at Kingston, 
May 21st, 1834, he married Ann Gibson; she was born in Ireland, 
August 12th, 1811. He continued in the ministry until 1842, 
when his brother, John, having died, he returned to the old home 
in East Whitby, and managed the farm. He did this at the 
solicitation of his mother, and in order to care for his father's 
family. Some years later he retired and took up his abode in 
Oshawa, where he resided until his death. His first wife died at 
Perth, June 10th, 1842. He afterwards married Maria M. Ferris, 
who died November 24th, 1893, aged sixty-five years. 

James Currie, son of Rev. James Currie, was born in East 
Whitby, July 21st, 1843, and was educated at the Whitby Schools. 
He learned the printing trade at the old Oshawa "Vindicator" 
office. In 1870, Mr. Currie established the Cannington "Gleaner," 


and in 1884, sold out this newspaper plant, and purchased the 
Stirling "News Argus," removing his home to Stirling, where he 
has since resided. The "News Argus," was established by John 
H. Thompson, is independent in- character, and from the start has 
been successful. Mr. Currie has the respect and confidence of the 
whole community; he is a steward of the Methodist church, and 
takes an active interest in religious and secular matters as well. 



I. Rev. James Currie, m. 1st, Ann Gibson, and 2nd, Maria M. 
Ferris ; set. Oshawa. Issue: (1) John, (2) Eleanor, (3) James, 
(4) Lucy, (5) Corey, (6) Mary and (7) George C. 


See I. The Rev. James Currie Branch: 

(1) John Currie, m. Caroline West; set. Oshawa; no issue. 

(2) Eleanor Currie, m. John Luke; set. East Whitby. Issue: 

(a) Richard and (6) Alma. 

(3) James Currie, m. 1st, Rachael Holliday, and 2nd, Charlotte 

Maybee. Issue by 2nd : (a) Alice, m. Joseph Troppy ; 
set. Sidney, (issue: Marian), (b) Mary E., (c) Ida M. L. 
and (d) Agnes May. 

(4) Lucy Currie, m. George Lee ; set. East Whitby. Issue : 

(a) Arthur, (b) Sidney and (c) Florence. 

(5) Corey Currie, m. and set. Mason City, Iowa. Issue : (a) 

Frank, (b) Hattie and (c) May. 
(p) Mary Currie, unm. 
(7) George C. Currie, m. Bertha Oke ; set. Manitoba. Issue : 

(a) Earl, (b) Lucy and (c) Sadie. 


The Currie family are of Scotch origin, having removed to 
1 1 viand during the Scottish exodus to that Island, and were, for 
centuries, an agricultural people. George Currie married a Miss 


Patton, and their son, William, in 1814, when a lad of fourteen, 
left the County Down, in company with his cousins, and, in time, 
arrived at Kingston. His energies at once found vent at Amherst 
Island, where he engaged himself as a laborer on a farm. As evi- 
dence that he stood far above his class, it may be stated that he, 
later, married Harriet Hill, a daughter of the pioneer, .Silas Hill, 
for whom he had previously worked. 

He farmed on his own account in Hillier, on Pleasant Bay, 
opposite the Colonel Pierson property, for some years, when he 
removed to Hallowell, where he had purchased two hundred and 
twenty-five acres, near Picton, on the Milford road. This land 
was nearly all forest, and was, originally, King's College land, or, 
as it was afterwards known, University land. He bought rights 
of possession, and later, on payment of some two thousand dollars, 
obtained a title from the Crown. Here he died, in 1865, aged 
sixty-five years, his wife having predeceased him by some four or 
five years. 

A genealogy of the family will be found appended. Prominent 
among the descendants is George Currie, Police Magistrate, the 
well-known citizen of Picton, who has made his way in life by his 
own ability, and has won a substantial success. Reared on his 
father's farm, he took his part in the pioneering work and arduous 
toil inseparable from the bush, and his first education was obtained 
at the country school near at hand, conducted by an old-time Irish 
schoolmaster. He finished by taking a course in the Picton Gram- 
mar School during two or three winters, and, in summers, working 
as usual at home. At. the age of sixteen he entered into an 
apprenticeship with the business house of David B. Stevenson, of 
Picton, which, at that time, was the largest general store in the 
county. Here he served four years, performing the multifarious 
duties peculiar to a business which combined a stock that supplied 
nearly every want, and, among the other duties allotted to him, 
were those of looking after Mr. Stevenson's office in connection 
with his position as Chief Magistrate, and acting as his legal clerk 
when occasion required. At the end of his apprenticeship, he 
decided to enter upon business for himself, and his first under- 
taking was in the way of a foundry in Picton, which he conducted 


successfully for five years, and in which lie was noted for the 
manufacture of the agricultural implements of that period. 

He next embarked in the business of dry goods and general 
merchandise, at which he continued with unbroken success for 
twenty years. 

He then established a ship yard, and carried this on for 
several years with the same success as his former business. 
During this time, he was always prominently in the forefront as a 
citizen interested in the welfare of the town and country, and 
represented the county at one time or another in every office, 
from councillor to reeve, as well as being warden for one term. 

For the past eighteen years, Mr. Currie has retired from 
all active business; but during that period he has held the high 
and responsible position of Police Magistrate for Picton, which 
office he still occupies and adorns. 

His son, Morley Currie, M.D., M.P.P., graduated at the Uni- 
versity of Toronto, obtaining his Bachelor's degree in 1891, and 
the degree of M.D. in 1895, He spent three years in New York as 
house surgeon in the Metropolitan Society Lying-in Hospital, and 
having charge of the Franen Clinic. He practiced for a time in 
Toronto, and then settled in Picton. He was returned to the 
Provincial Parliament at the general elections of 1902, and re- 
elected in 1905. He is a Liberal in politics, and has accomplished 
much for the health of the province, by causing canning companies 
to co-operate with the government to prevent any possible in- 
fection of their goods, through causes hitherto unknown. 



I. Silas Currie, m. Jane Frier; set. finally Oso Tp. 

II. George Currie, Police Magistrate, m. Catherine Richards ; set. 

Picton. Issue: (1) Lilly Currie, d. young, (2) Mary Currie, 
m. Rev. Joseph M. Hodsoii ; no issue. Died in Paris, France, 
(3) Herman Currie, druggist, Little Current, Algoma, m. 
Maggie Johnson. Issue: (a) Susan, (b) George, (c) Morley, 
(d) Josephine and (e) a son, and (4) Morley Currie, M.D., 
M.P.P., unm.; set. Picton. 


III. Andrew Currie, m. Christine Carr; set. Hallowell. Issue: (1) 

Charles, (2) Alexander, (3) Mary A., (4) Lucretia, (5) .Katie 
and (6) William. All of whom have settled out of the County 
of Prince Edward. 

IV. Reuben Currie, m. Ann Jackson; set. Port Hope. Issue: (1) 
Annie and (2) John. 

V. William Currie,. m. Annie Gerow; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 

Clayton Currie. 

VI. David Currie, m. Mary Anderson; set. Hallowell. Issue: (1) 

VII. Lydia Currie, drowned when young. 

VIII. Abigail Currie, m. Thaddeus Ackerman; set. N. Marysburg. 

IX. Harriet E. Currie, d. in infancy. 

X. Sarah Currie, m. Samuel Foster; set. Hallowell. Issue: (1) 

William, (2) Andrew, (3) Gershom, (4) Lilly and (5) Reuben. 

XI. James Currie, m. and set. Manitoba. 

XII. John Currie, unm.; set. California. 

XIII. Anson Currie, m. and set. Toronto. 

XIV. Annie Currie, m. Palen Minaker; set. S. Marysburg. Issue: 
(1) Ashton, (2) Alice, and (3) Chapman. 

XV. Nancy Currie, m. George McCullough; set. Orono. Issue: 
(1) a son. 


In the Collins family, we find a practical illustration of intel- 
ligent, ambitious and enterprising Canadians, who have made their 
mark in the business world, chiefly by their own exertions. The 
original ancestor of this family, emigrated to Canada from Ireland, 
at an early day, settling at Montreal. Here James Collins was 
born, August 20th, 1831. In early manhood young Collins went 
to Kingston, and by dint of industry and enconomy, accumulated 
enough within a few years to marry, and start on his own account ; 
and on August 9th, 1859, he married at Kingston, Frances 
Elizabeth Knobbs. She was born of English parentage, at Kings- 
ton, August llth, 1841. Soon after their marriage they moved to 
Ameliasburgh, farmed for some fifteen years, when Mr. Collins, 
who had a taste for horticulture, purchased fifteen acres in the 


village of Smithfield, where he permanently located, putting his 
newly made purchase into fruit, which has not only proved a source 
of pleasure, but of profit as well. On account of their exemplary 
lives and good citizenship, the Collins, have always occupied a 
high place in the communities where they have resided. They 
have not only been consistent members of the Methodist church, 
but have taken an active interest in church matters, Mr. Collins 
for some years holding various offices in the church. They were 
ambitious to have their children succeed in the world, and with 
this end in view, gave them every educational advantage that their 
means "would permit, and the sequel shows the wisdom of their 

The eldest son, George Collins, who is at present Receiver 
and General Manager of the Central Ontario Railway Company, 
was educated at the Trenton schools, and in 1882, began as clerk, 
on construction of the Central Ontario. Rail way, and three years 
later was appointed agent of the Company at Trenton. This 
position he held for seven years, when he became Secretary- 
Treasurer of the Company. From 1894 to 1903, he was General 
Manager and Secretary; and in 1903 received his present appoint- 
ment. He has also been a director of the Central Ontario Railway 
since 1896. 

The second son, James Wesley Collins, resides at Grand 
Forks, B.C., and is a conductor on the C.P.R. 

John Martin Collins, commenced as a telegraph operator in 
the Central Ontario Railway office at Picton, was afterwards 
appointed station agent at Coe Hill, and later at Ormsby. At 
present he is the Company's agent at Bancroft. 

Oliver Dean Collins, began as a telegraph operator at Bloom- 
field, and was subsequently appointed agent at Coe Hill. He is 
now chief despatcher of the A.T. and Sante Fe Railway, at Needles, 

William Collins is foreman of the copper smelter at the 
copper mines, Grand Forks, B.C. 

Everett Alfred Collins, C.E., is a graduate of the School of 
Mines, Queen's College, Kingston. 

Walter Jones Collins, is a telegraph operator at the general 


offices of the Central Ontario Railway Company, Trenton. In 
politics, the family belong to the Liberal party. They are mem- 
bers of the Methodist Church. 



I. George Collins, m. Annie Snook ; set. Trenton. Issue : (1) 

Edna, (2) Norma, and (3) James Elmer. 

II. James Wesley Collins, m. Janet Morrison ; set. Grand Forks, 
B.C. Issue : (1) Mary, (2) Frances, (3) Jean, and (4) Ruth. 

HI. Eliza Collins, m. J. F. Ferguson ; set. Trenton. Issue : (1) 
Percy, and (2) Jennie. 

IV. Reuben W. Collins, unm. 

V. John Martin Collins, m. Melita Smith ; set. Bancroft. Issue : 
(1) James Dean, (2) John Arnold, (3) Ferral, (4) Elizabeth, 
and (5) Cois. 

VI. Florence May Collins, m. Bruce Orser ; set. Smithfield. No 

VII. Charles Collins, unm. 

VIII. Oliver Dean Collins, m. Bertha Egloff ; set. California. No 

IX. William Collins, m. Veva Brown ; set. Grand Forks, B.C. 
Issue : (1) Ruby. 

X. Everett Alfred Collins, unm. 

XI. Walter Jones Collins, unm. 

XII. Edith Pearl Collins, unm. 


This family, according to the best traditions relating to it, is 
of Dutch origin, the earliest progenitor having emigrated from the 
Low Countries to America, some time previous to the Revolutionary 
War. Little is known of Isaac Cole's immediate family, excepting 
that he had brothers, sisters, and other relatives, none of whom, 
so far as known, ever left their native State of Vermont. At the 
age of nineteen he married Miranda Bostick, a native of Massa- 


chusetts. His wife used to relate to her grandchildren how Isaac, 
on one occasion, decided to visit one of his brothers, living five 
hundred miles away, in some other State. He bought a pair of 
shoes especially suitable for walking, and tramped the whole dis- 
tance, there and back, and upon his return, it was noticed that 
the red was not worn off the hollow inside the shoes, notwith- 
standing the thousand mile journey. All of the Pioneer's eight 
children, five sons and three daughters, were born in the States, 
probably at Plattsburgh, New York, where Isaac Cole was carrying- 
on the business of grist and saw milling for years before, and at 
the time he emigrated to Canada. What cause decided Isaac Cole 
to emigrate is not clearly known, but it is not improbable that his 
strong British tendencies had much to do with determining him to 
remove to British soil. His three eldest sons, Harry, Peter, and 
Trueman, elected to remain behind, whilst the remainder of his 
children, Mary, Lucinda, Elisha, Herman, and Harriet, accompanied 
their parents to Upper Canada. 

The exact year they emigrated is not known, but it is 
inferred from the fact that Mary married shortly after their first 
settling in Prince Edward, and that her eldest son, Harry B., was 
born in 1813, that the family arrived no later than 1810. They 
came on the usual overland route, crossing over from Sackett's 
Harbor to Kingston, and thence to Prince Edward County. 

The Pioneer rented a farm from Conrad Bongard in North 
Marysburg, on the Bay shore, near where the latter lived, and as 
soon as his family were comfortably domiciled, set to work to clear 
away the forest in the usual pioneer manner. Both he and his 
wife experienced all the phases of hardship inseparable from the 
existence of an early settler. But they were inured to hardships, 
for the pioneer's wife used to relate to her grandchildren how she 
and their grandfather, the first year they were married, were burnt 
out in the dead of a cold winter's night, and had no other alterna- 
tive than to make their way, as best they could, barefooted through 
the snow, to a neighbor's house two miles distant. Their feet 
and ankles were frozen, but were restored to their normal condition 
by covering them over with cold ashes. They suffered intense 
pain during their 'recovery, but no serious after effects resulted. 

As previously stated, Mary Cole, the Pioneer's eldest daughter, 


married shortly after they settled down on the Bongard farm. 
Her husband was Conrad, the only son and child of Henry David. 
Conrad, in company with John Hineman, drew land as sons of 
United Empire Loyalists, north of the Black River. Conrad after- 
wards sold his grant to Oliver Church, who disposed of it to Light- 
house keeper Swetnam, who in turn sold it to the Minaker family, 
in whose hands it is still possessed. 

Henry B. David, Mary's eldest son, was born in the Isaac 
Cole homestead in 1813. Conrad David was serving as a soldier 
011 the British side at Kingston at the time, and before leaving for 
the front he had removed his wife to her father's home for greater 
safety. It is related that when he heard of the birth of his first- 
born, he applied to his commanding officer for leave of absence and 
a pass to visit his wife, which was refused. Nevertheless he started 
for home, and saw his wife and child, returning to duty as soon as 
possible. Of course he was immediately brought to book for 
breach of duty and disobedience of military orders; but when the 
Colonel was acquainted with the full reasons and particulars relat- 
ing to it, he granted Conrad David a full pardon. 

Isaac Cole about 1815 returned to the United States with all 
of his children (except his daughter, Mrs. David) and engaged in 
the milling business. He did not remain more than ten or twelve 
years, but returned to Prince Edward County when his young 
grahdson, Henry David, was about fifteen. He bought fifty acres 
of land in Athol, on East Lake, adjoining Isaac Scott, and there he 
lived for many years until the death of his wife, which occurred 
about 1834. The loss of his helpmate,, who had shared his fortunes, 
with all their hardships, trials, joys and sorrows for so many years, 
so affected the old pioneer, that he only survived his wife four 
weeks, and they rest side by side in the old East Lake cemetery. 
They were both born about the same year and died about eighty- 
five years of age. 

The three sons of the pioneer who remained in the States 
when their parents first set out for this country, eventually came 
to Canada. Harry, the eldest, was a school teacher by profession, 
and taught for many years in Prince Edward County; Henry B. 
David, who is now in his ninety-second year, and residing on Jane 
Street, Picton, remembers attending his school. The other two 



brothers, Peter and Trueman Cole, who did not come to Upper 
Canada until later, became noted preachers of the gospel, and Uieir 
labors and early evangelical work did much to advance the cause 
of Methodism in this country. The other members of the family 
married into well known families, including the Minakers, Blake- 
leys, Thomsons, Smiths and Bakers. 

At the time of writing, but few of the pioneer's grandchildren 
are living ; among these are Henry Bostick David, above men- 
tioned, and his brother, George D. David, aged seventy-nine years, 
who resides at Owen Sound. 

The Coles, in politics, have been usually found on the Con- 
servative side, and since time immemorial have subscribed to 
the teachings of the Methodist Church. 

Charles M. Cole, son of Isaac, and grandson of Elisha Cole, is 
leading a retired life in Picton. He taught school for many years 
with marked success, and has had no little experience with the 
lumber business; for some years he was bookkeeper for the J. W. 
Langmuir business in Picton, and for fifteen years was associated 
with Mr. Wellington Boulter in the canning industry. His only 
son, Mr. W. W. Cole, is a well known business man of Toronto, 
being shareholder, director and vice-president of the J. Coulter 
Company, Limited, the largest manufacturers of jewellers cases in 
the Dominion of Canada. Mr. Cole has been active in the business, 
and has travelled from Windsor to Halifax representing the 
company and visiting the trade. 


Oliver Church was of English descent, and came to Canada 
from England in the early part of the last century. He selected 
about one hundred and fifty acres in Prince Edward County, and 
with the pluck and determination that characterize his race, 
launched himself against the perils and difficulties which he knew 
awaited him in his venture, resolved not to be eclipsed by the 
sturdy band of U. E. Loyalists who, already acclimated in the 
southern part of the country, were right manfully struggling 
around him. Having raised his shanty, and cleared a breathing 



space, he looked round for some one who might impart to his rude 
domicile something of the home look that lived in his memory as 
one of the dearest things he had known in England. He had not 
far to seek for one well able to stand by his side in the arduous 
life upon which he had entered. He found her in Mary Clute, the 
daughter of Garrett Clute, a neighbor settled in the same district. 
Richard J., one of the Pioneer's sons, now resident in Cherry 
Valley, relates that when the family had outgrown the narrow 
limits of the shanty, that his mother, with an ability and zeal 
second only to that of the Pioneer himself, helped to erect a log 
house, which they built, from start to finish, with their own hands. 

But this was no sooner accomplished, than Oliver Church was 
called upon to show his manly qualities in a very different sphere 
of action. It had not been his privilege to support the mother 
country in the Revolution ; but now, when the United States 
showed themselves desirous of invading Canada, he was one of the 
first to enlist. He served through the war, which began in 1812, 
to its close, in 1814, and so distinguished himself as to rise from 
the ranks to be captain of his company. At the "close of the war, 
he took over a hotel in Picton, and was popular as a landlord. 
The building in which he played the part of Boniface, at a time 
when there were many turbulent spirits around, was standing up to 
five or six years ago. It occupied a site on Main Street, nearly 
opposite the present railway station. A man of remarkable physi- 
cal strength, and determined to keep a reputable, orderly house, 
his decision of character, and even his physical prowess, contributed 
to this end. 

After this experience as hotel landlord, at Picton, he returned 
to farming and located at South Bay, on a holding now occupied 
by Archibald Church, one of his descendants. Here he lived for a 
number of years, when he reverted to his former occupation of 
hotel keeping, this time in North Marysburg, where he kept what 
was known as "The White Horse" for seven or eight years, and 
where he proved himself to be a very popular landlord. His 
military ardor was stirred anew in connection with the troubles of 
'37 and '38, during which time he rendered the government impor- 
tant service ; his hotel was frequently the head quarters of that 
section of the army whose duty it was to defend this part of the 


coast. The light horse cavalry were continually on the move 
between Picton and Oliver Church's hotel, where the pioneer 
acted the part of scout, and often supplied valuable information in 
regard to the shipping interests of the Government, then seriously 
menaced by the rebels. 

And now he gave up, for the second time, his occupation of 
hotelkeeper and returned to farming. Two or three years more 
farming, and we find him the landlord of the hotel at Stone Mill. 
Inn keeping was no longer an experiment with Oliver Church ; he 
was prepared to find himself the popular host, and as such he was 
known at Stone Mill for five or six years. But what with 
settling and farming and soldiering he had drawn heavily even on 
his extraordinary endowment of physical strength and he preferred 
to close his life, as he had begun it in this country, and died a 

The Pioneer had a reputation for staunch and vigorous 
principle, which only increased amid the external viccissitudes of 
his life. Although for many years a hotelkeeper, he was himself 
almost an abstainer from alcoholic stimulants, and did what he 
could to promote sobriety in others. In politics he was an active 
conservative. Only two of his children are alive at this date; 
Richard J. and Ellen, who married Daniel Murney, and settled 
finally at Dresden. 

Richard J. Church saw his eighty-second birthday on March 
llth, 1904. He resides in Cherry Valley, cultivates a fruit farm 
with a vigor surprising in a man of his years, and retains the same 
interest in fishing and sailing as in his younger days. He has 
been twice married; first, to Minnie Welbanks, and second, to Ruth 
Snider. His two youngest sons, Sylvester and Royal, live on the 
homestead, and conduct a grist mill and machine shop. They are 
known throughout the district as enterprising and useful citizens. 



I. John O. Church, m. Sarah Dulmage ; set. Murray. Issue: (1) 

William, (2) John, (3) Ellen, (4) Smith, (5) David, (6) Ann, 

(7) Jane and (8) Mary. 


II. Archibald Church, m. 1st, Lydia Monck, and 2nd, Margaret 
Lowery; set. South Bay. Issue: by 1st, (1) William, by 2nd, 
(2) Cook and (3) James. 

III. William Y. Church, m. Ann Cook ; set. Milford ; no issue. 

IV. Margaret Church, m. Andrew Minaker ; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue : (1) William, (2) Eliza, (3) James and (4) Mary. 

V. Richard J. Church, m. 1st, Millie Welbanks, and 2nd, Ruth 
Snider; set. finally Cherry Valley. Issue : by 1st, (1) John O., 
(2) Palen, (3) Clarke, (4) Anson, (5) Sarah A., (6) Stanley, 
and by 2nd, (7) Sylvester and (8) Royal. 

VI. Ellen Church, m. Daniel Murney ; set. N. Marysburg and 
finally Dresden. Issue : (1) Margaret. 

See I. The John 0. Church Branch : 

(1) William Church, unm.; set. S. Marysburg. 

(2) John Church, m. 1st, Martha Wilmur, and 2nd, Sarah 

Isaacs : set. S. Marysburg. Issue : (a) Hester, (6) Jane 
and (c) William. 

(3) Ellen Church, m. Jesse Minaker; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 

(a) John E. 

(4) Smith Church, d.y. 

(5) David Church. 

(6) Ann M. Church, m. Henry Preston; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue: (a) Cynthia J. 

(7) Jane Church, m. Wesley Farrington; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue: (a) David J., (b) Samuel and (c) Lewis. 

(8) Mary Church, m. David Sevier; set. Murray. No issue. 

See II. The Archibald Church Branch : 

(1) William Church, unm.; set. United States. 

(2) Cook Church, m. Minnie Clark; set. S. Marysburg. Issue: 

(a) Ida, (b) Archibald and (c) Nina. 

(3) James Church, m. Belle McStevens; set. Picton. Issue: 

(a) Gladys and (6) Lillian. 
See V. The Richard Y. Church Branch: 

(1) John 0. Church, m. Ellen Collier; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Russell, (6) Anson, (c) Helen, (d) Emma, (e) 
Carrie, (/) Addie B, and (a) Arnold, 


(2) Palen Church, m. and set. United States. Issue: (a) 

(3) Clarke Church, m. and set. United States. 

(4) Anson Church, died young. 

(5) Sarah A. Church, m. Spencer Rorabeck ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue: (a) Bertha. 

(6) Stanley Church, died young in United States. 

(7) Sylvester Church, m. Edna Heartgrove; set. Athol. 

(8) Royal Church, m. Helen Hudgins ; set. Athol, Issue : (a) 



John Chapman, the respected postmaster, and business man, 
of Frankford, was born in the city of Bath, England, August 24, 
1838. He was educated at the schools in Bath, and in 1855, when 
he was only seventeen years old, he emigrated to Canada, coming 
direct to Toronto, where he remained three years in the employ of 
William Brownscombe, who had a shoe store on the site of the 
Robert Simpson Co.'s Department Store, Yonge Street. Here 
young Chapman learned the retail shoe business, which business 
he has always followed. Toronto, at the time, contained about 
forty thousand inhabitants, mainly between York, Sherbourne, 
Queen, and Front Streets ; the Esplanade had not been filled in at 
this time, and the G.T.R. ran on Front Street, the depot being 
situated opposite the Queen's Hotel. 

In 1858, young Chapman went to Frankford, and was 
engaged for a time with William Gilbert, a general merchant. 
The following year, having saved some money, he started in busi- 
ness for himself, opening a store in the very building which he 
now occupies. He employed a number of men, and did quite a 
large business in the manufacture and sale of boots and shoes. 
William Gilbert, a few years after, built the " Gilbert House," 
Trenton, and Mr. Chapman bought out his Frankford store, and 
ran it successfully for a year, selling out all but the shoe depart- 
ment to Thomas Howard ; and from this time he confined himself 
to the retail shoe business. 

Mr. Chapman, early took an active interest in the affairs of 


Frankford. In 1867 he was appointed postmaster. For his first 
wife he married, December 1, 1859, Charlotte M. Ketcheson, of 
the historic Ketcheson family. Of their children it may be men- 
tioned that John F., who married Emily Skinner, of Gananoque, 
is one of the managers of the Rathbun Co., being general freight 
and passenger agent of the Bay of Quinte Railway, the Oshawa 
Railway, and the Thousand Islands Railway, and superintendent 
of the Navigation Company, Deseronto. 

Earl R. married Dina Simmons. He is superintendent of the 
Thousand Islands Railway & Navigation Co., for the Rathbun 
Company's Works, at Gananoque. 

Arthur M. married Mary Simmons. They have two children, 
Earl F. and Marion. Arthur M. is station agent and soliciting 
freight and passenger agent of the Central Ontario Railway, at 
Frankford ; he is clerk of Sidney Township, and one of the leading 
business men of Frankford. 

John Chapman married, for his second wife, Olive Stevens, 
August 15, 1879. They have two daughters, Lillie P., who 
married Dougal Bleeker, and Georgina, bookkeeper for the Trent 
River Paper Company. 

The older Chapmans are members of the Methodist Church, 
but the younger members of the family attend the Church of 
England, and the Presbyterian Church. John Chapman was 
class leader and trustee of the Methodist Church for several years. 
He is a prominent Mason, and in youth joined the Toronto Loyal 
Orange Lodge, 301. It is worthy of note that when John 
Chapman arrived in Toronto, a boy of only seventeen, he had but 
one sovereign and a few shillings left. But he at once obtained 
employment, and, not only remained with the same employer 
during all the time that he was in Toronto, but has always been 
identified with that line of business with which he was at first 


John Carr was born in the county of ^Norfolk, England, May 
23rd, 1825, and was the son of Samuel Carr, who married Charlotte 
Bromphrey, also of Norfolk County. Hearing of the opportunities 


offered in Canada to settlers, John Carr and his brother Robert, 
together with Henry and John Fenn, who were neighbors, resolved 
on going to the New World. This project was fraught with 
uncertainties, as, besides their passage money, they had little, upon 
which to commence life in a new country, But being young men 
of pluck and energy, in the spring of 1852, they left their native 
land and the friends of their youth, and embarked for Canada; 
finally arriving at Belleville June 21st, 1852. On taking 
stock of their cash assets, the Carr boys found themselves 
possessed of less than 4 each. Belleville was at this time 
little more than a village and totally unlike the large cities 
they had seen in England. They lost no time in striking 
out into the country, and immediately found employment on 
farms, and although wages were at this time small, John Carr, 
who was a powerful young man, a good worker, and had learned 
the lesson of economy, succeeded within a few years in attaining his 
long cherished wish of starting in the farming business on his own 
account ; and sent to the old Old Country for his father and 
mother to come to Canada and share his home and success with 
him. He took care of them until their death ; each of them living 
to enjoy a good old age, 

Mr. Carr married December 28th, 1870, Mary A., daughter of 
Andrew Lott, and a granddaughter of the pioneer of that name. 
A few years after his marriage he purchased his present farm of 
100 acres, on lot 16, concession 2, Sidney. Some years ago, Mr. 
Carr having gained a competence, built a residence on the farm 
for himself and wife, and leased the fields, retiring from active 

The Carr family in England were members of the Church of 
England, but after coming to Canada affiliated with the Methodist 
Church, and have taken an active interest in church matters, Mr. 
Carr being for some time steward of the church. He is a Conser- 
vative in politics; but outside of conscientiously casting his vote 
for what he considered to be for the best interest of the country, 
has never been active in politics. They have an adopted daughter, 
Lavaua, who married Harry Bonisteel ; they have one child. 


Rev. John Brooks Crowe, M.A., the founder of this family in 
Canada, was born in Norfolk, England, in 1786. He was a zealous 
student, graduated at Oxford University, was admitted to orders 
in the Church of England, and then sent to Jamaica, where he was 
Chaplain of an English Regiment, and was also the Rector of a 
Parish. He married Dorothy, daughter of the Honourable Chief 
Justice Mills of Jamaica. He returned to England but remained 
only a short time, as this trip was merely preparatory to his settling 
in Canada. He arrived in Canada in 1831 and purchased two 
hundred acres of farm land in the 5th concession of Murray, 
which he employed men to clear, and here he established his per- 
manent home. Later he purchased another farm of two hundred 
acres in the 1st, concession; and farmed both, until he sold the 

Rev. John Brooks Crowe, M.A., early took an active interest 
in the affairs of the community, and notwithstanding his edu- 
cational advantages, which fitted him for any sphere, the everyday 
life and the advancement of the community appealed to him. He 
became a leader in everything for the betterment of the place 
where he had cast his lot. He was active in having the gravel 
road built between Trenton and Frankford, being a shareholder in 
the same and superintending its construction. He interested him- 
self in the improvement of the stock raised by the farmers of the 
locality, and in having agricultural fairs established; he was one 
of the promoters and for many years a director of the Frankford 
Agricultural Fair. He was fond of good horses and also of horse- 
back riding. He was a magistrate for many years and also Clerk 
of the Surrogate Court. While he rarely preached after corning to 
Canada, he took a deep interest in Church matters and gave to 
them his liberal support, financially and otherwise. He was a man 
of broad views, and considered an authority not only in every de- 
partment of learning, but in the practical everyday matters of life. 
He had the confidence of the people, and his advice was sought, 
and freely given in matters concerning individuals and the locality. 
In politics Mr. Crowe was a Conservative. 

Of his sons, James G. Crowe, was born in Jamaica and came 


to Canada in his childhood with his parents, was brought up on the 
farm in Murray and educated in the schools there and in Frank- 
ford. He became a farmer and speculator, afterwards becoming 
Clerk of the Court, and later Bailiff. He was a man of great 
personal vigor and activity and resided in Trenton until his death 
in 1900, aged 72 years. Three of Rev. John Brooks Crowe's sons, 
John, Thomas and George, became contractors and builders; John, 
in Bruce County, Thomas in Frankford, and George in Trenton ; 
and they were all of them very successful men. 

George Crowe for the past thirty five years has been one of 
the largest builders and contractors in Trenton, and many of the 
principal buildings in the district, including the large paper mills 
at Glen Miller and Frankford, were built by him. He is a man of 
sterling qualities and occupies a leading position in the community. 
His son, Norman G. Crowe, is connected with him, in business, 
under the firm name of G. Crowe & Son. Another son, Dr. 
Walter B. Crowe, is a practicing physician in Trenton, with a 
large and growing practice. Dr. Crowe was educated at the 
Trenton Public and High Schools, and obtained his medical educa- 
tion at Trinity College, Toronto, where he passed with honors at 
the age of twenty-one, and at the age of twenty-two took triple 
qualifications (L.R.C.P. & S. Edin.) (L.F.P. & S. Glas.) He also 
enjoyed the advantage of a post graduate course at this institution. 
After returning to Canada, he first went to the Northwest with a 
view of settling there ; but after remaining in Manitoba for two 
years, he decided to permanently remain in Trenton. The sequel 
shows that this decision was a wise one, although a young man of 
his push and cleverness would have made a success anywhere else 
that he might have chosen. He is Medical Health Officer of Tren- 
ton ; a member of the masonic fraternity, and several other secret 
societies. Dr. Crowe married Alice M. Stevenson, daughter of Dr. 
Stevenson, who ijs a prominent physician of Trenton, having 
practised there for twenty-five years. 

Charles Crowe, son of James G. Crowe, and grandson of Rev. 
John Brooks Crowe, M.A., was born in Murray, April 3rd, 1857, 
and was educated at the schools of Murray and Trenton. On 
attaining his majority he started in the marble business in Trenton; 
but in 1886 he sold out and went into the coal and wood business, 


which he has since followed with great success. He married Miss 
Addie Peterson, July 9th, 1884 ; they have had two children, 
Frederick and Albert, who died young. The family belong to the 
Church of England, and in politics Mr. Crowe is a Conservative. 
He has been a member of the Trenton Council and also of the 
School Board. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., No. 113, Trenton, 
and is treasurer of the Trenton Lodge. Mr. Crowe takes an 
active interest in the affairs of Trenton, where the family has been 
so favorably known and identified for over seventy years. 



I. James G. Crowe, m. Margaret Silver, set. Murray. Issue : (1) 

William, (2) Charles, (3) Sarah and (4) Dorothy. 

II. Anna Crowe, m. Francis Sanson; set. Trenton. Issue : (1) 
Robert A., (2) John, (3) Thomas, (4) William, (5) Mary, (6) 
Charles and (7) Ella. 

III. Edna B. Crowe, m. Wilson Arnott ; set. Murray. Issue : (1) 
Albert and (2) John. 

IV. John Crowe, m. Rebecca Ray; set. Bruce Co. Issue: (1) 
Dorothy, (2) Mary, (3) Mildred and (4) George. 

V. Thomas Crowe, m. Euphemia Clark ; set. Frankford. Issue : 
(1) Thomas, d. unm. 

VI. Sarah E. Crowe, m. William Ray; set. Bruce Co. Issue: (1) 
Dorothy and (2) Garrett. 

VII. George Crowe, m. 1st, Laura A. Silver, 2nd, Jane A. Hager- 
man, and 3rd, Mary S. Hagerrnan ; set. Trenton. Issue : by 
2nd, (1; Dr. Walter B., (2) Arthur S., (3) Norman, G. (4) Lena 
and (5) Alice L. 

See I. The James G. Crowe Branch : 

(1) William Crowe, m. Corintha Stevens; set Murray. Issue: 

(a) Florence, (6) Harry, (c) William, (d) Dorothy, (e) 
Edith, (/) Orville, (g) Grant and (h\ Fred. 

(2) Charles Crowe, rn. Addie Peterson : set. Trenton. Issue : 

(a) Frederick and (6) Albert; both d.y. 


(3) Sarah E. Crowe, m. Hiram Dafoe ; set. Michigan. Issue : 

(a) Grant,, (b) William, (c) Ora, (d) Charles and (e) 

(4) Dorothy Crowe, m. David Parks ; set. Trenton. Issue : 

(a) Hazel and (b) Gladys. 

See II. The Anna Crowe Branch : 

(1) Robert A. Sanson, m. Jennie Wilson ; set. Trenton. Issue : 

one child who died young. 

(2) John Sanson, rn. Julia Vincent, set. Trenton. Issue : 

One child, d. y. 

(3) Thomas Sanson, m. Sarah Murphy ; set. Trenton. Issue : 

(a) Vineta, (6) Lulu, (c) Ella. 

(4) William Sanson, unm., in Buffalo. 

(5) Mary Sanson, m. Arch. Thompson ; set. Trenton. Issue : 

(a) Abel, (b) John, and (c) Samuel. 

(6) Charles Sanson, unm. 

(7) Ella Sanson. 

See III. The Edna B. Crowe Branch: 

(1) Albert B. Arnott, rn. Florence Meyers ; set. Murray. 

Issue : (a) Edna. 

(2) John Arnott, unm. 

See IV. The John Crowe Branch : 

(1) Dorothy Crowe, m. Dr. W. J. Chambers; set. Tiverton. 

Issue : (a) Mary, (b) Catherine, (c) Rebecca, and (d) 
Nora M. 

(2) Mary Crowe, m. G. G. Henderson ; set. Sarnia. Issue : 

(a) John, (b) George, (c) Dorothy E., and (d) Stewart. 

(3) Mildred Crowe, m. William Porteous ; set. Toronto. 
Issue : (a) John, and (b) one other. 

(4) George Crowe, d. age 16. 

See VII. The George Crowe Branch : 

(1) Dr. Walter B. Crowe, in. Alice M. Stevenson ; set. Trenton. 

(2) Arthur E. Crowe, d. age 16 years. 

(3) Norman G. Crowe, m. Lena Kemp ; set. Trenton. Issue : 

(a) Lorna I., d. in inf. 

(4) Lena Crowe, unm. 

(5) Alice Crowe, unm. 


Perhaps no family on the Bay of Quinte, can trace their 
ancestry farther back, in one unbroken line, than can the Chisholms. 
They have in their possession a work published in Scotland, in 
1891, by Alexander MacKenzie, F.S. A., entitled " History of the 
Chisholms," which traces their ancestry to one John de Chisholm, 
who, in the thirteenth century, married Emma, daughter of William 
de Vetereponte, Lord of Bolton. The family is supposed to be of 
Norman origin, and it is said the original name was "DeChese," 
to which was added the Saxon termination "holme", when the 
Norman ancestor married a Saxon heiress. Soon after the Con- 
quest, the Chisholms left Tindale, England, and secured a holding 
in Scotland. In the family history referred to, are given the 
genealogies of over five centuries of the Chisholms, including bio- 
graphical sketches of every succeeding Chief, or head of the " Clan 
Chisholm," to the present day. Each generation of this family 
furnished its full quota of those fighting men, who made the High- 
lands of Scotland famous in every court and camp throughout the 
world. The blood of the Chisholms is mingled with that of the 
Frazers, MacKenzies, Macdonalds, and other leading clans. 

The Bay of Quinte pioneers, were Alexander and Archibald, 
second and third sons, of the fourth Colon Chisholm, "Cailean 
Og," of Knockfin, who, in 1749, married Margaret, daughter of 
Alexander MacKenzie, 3rd of Ballone. In the family of this 
Colon, of Knockfin, were four sons, to wit, Colon, Alexander, 
John and Archibald; and one daughter, Helen. 

Colon Chisholm, eldest son of Colon of Knockfin, was born in 
1749, and fell mortally wounded at the siege of Quebec, on the 
17th, of January, 1781. At the time of his death, he was Pay- 
master of the 71st Regiment or Frazer Highlanders. 

Alexander Chisholm, second son of Colon of Knockfin, is the 
elder of the two Sidney pioneers. 

John Chisholm, third son of Colon of Knockfin, (issue, of a 
second marriage,) succeeded his father at Knockfin. 

Archibald Chisholm, youngest son of Colon of Knockfin, was 
born in 1765. He came with his brothers to America, and settled 
in Sidney, near his brother Alexander. 


Helen Chisholm, only daughter of Colon of Knockfin, was 
born in 1754. She married a Grant of Glenmoriston, and had 
three children : Colon, a priest, who died in Nova Scotia ; Peter, 
lieutenant in the 68th Regiment, who died with issue, at Peraig, 
Lochalsh ; and Janet, who married Alexander, grandson of 
Alexander Chisholm, of MucKerach ; she had one son, Duncan, 
who, in 1858, claimed the estates of Strathglass, but died without 
issue. Janet, had also three daughters, two of whom died in 
Nova Scotia. 

In the family history referred to, it is stated that Alexander, 
the second son, emigrated to America at the head of a large num- 
ber of his fellow countrymen from Strathglass, when the first 
Highland settlement was effected in Glengarry; but his grandson, 
Mr. Alexander Chisholm, of Belleville, is quite positive, that his 
grandfather and great uncles, Colon and Archibald, emigrated 
together ; and also that his grandfather and Archibald came direct 
to Sidney. In view of the statement made by MacKenzie in his 
book, that Colon was killed at Quebec, in 1781, it would appear 
that these pioneers settled in Sidney at an early date. The records 
show that Alexander obtained his patent in 1798, and John 
Chisholm in 1797. 

Alexander Chisholm (born 1752) married Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of Abel Gilbert, and settled on the Front of Sidney, adjoining 
the present city of Belleville. He erected first a log cabin, and 
then a frame house, now enclosed with stone. It stands near the 
Deaf and Dumb Institute, a,nd is one of the oldest houses in the 
Province of Ontario. The home was often thrown open for social and 
public gatherings of various kinds. The old pioneer had been 
raised in the faith of his fathers ; but in his pioneer home, on the 
shore of the Bay of Quinte, his Protestant neighbors were as near 
and dear to him as those of his own faith. Denominations, in his 
opinion, were simply so many branches of one common tree ; the 
corner stone of his religious creed was, " The Fatherhood of God, 
and the Brotherhood of Man." 

His early experiences did not differ from those of his fellow - 
pioneers ; all passed through the famine period of 1788, and 
suffered in common the pangs of hunger. 

His cousins, John and Archie Chisholm, also settled at Belle- 


ville, upon a large farm running down to the Bay, and including 
the eastern portion of what is now the city of Belleville. Upon 
a part of this farm now stand a number of palatial homes, many 
of their grounds running to the water's edge, and forming a most 
attractive suburb. 

In one of these now resides James Frederick, grandson of 
Colonel Alexander Chisholm. For many years he was prosper- 
ously engaged in farming in the township of Thurlow, but since 
1872, has resided in the city of Belleville. 

His only surviving child, William Dickson Chisholm, was 
born on September 30, 1870, in the township of Thurlow, and 
attended the public and high schools of Belleville, and also Queen's 
University. In 1888, he entered the office of John Bell, K.C., 
General Counsel for the Grand Trunk Railway, with whom he 
remained until the time of the latter's death. He was the valued 
assistant of Mr. Bell in the discharge of his onerous duties. On 
April 29, 1903, he married Nora Madeline Bell, daughter of his 
distinguished preceptor. He is a member of the St. Andrew's 
Presbyterian Church, and of the Belleville Masonic Lodge, Moira 
Chapter, King Baldwin's Preceptory, and also a member of the 
Sons of Scotland. In political affairs he leans towards the Con- 
servative party; but he is too busy a man to pay much attention 
to political matters. 

Harvey B. Chisholm was born on the farm in Sidney, and has 
always made his home in the township. He is a typical Canadian, 
intelligent, well read, enterprising, and industrious. He is a first- 
class farmer, a local preacher, and strong temperance man. In 
politics he is a Conservative. 



I. Colon Chisholm, m. Ann Frederick ; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) 

Alexander S., (2) Emily J., (3) James F., (4) Harvey F., (5) 
Mary F. and (6) Eliza E. 

II. Stephen G. Chisholm, in. Elizabeth Vande water; set. Prince 

Edward County. 


III. James Chisholni, m. Hester McCoy ; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 
Caroline, (2) Louise, (3) Alexander, (4) Gilbert, (5) William 
and (6) Hester. 

IV. John Chisholm, tn. 1st, Mary A. Carpenter and 2nd, Mary 
Hopkins; set. finally Minnesota. Issue: (1) Alexander and 
(2) Adelaide. 

V. Allen T. Chisholm, m. Emma Gerow; set. finally Minnesota. 

VI. Annabel Chisholm, m. Darius McDonald, merchant, Belleville ; 

set. finally Baltimore, Ont. 

VII. William F. Chisholm, m. Eliza Merrett ; set. Tyendinaga. 
Issue: (1) Donald, (2) George, (3) Joseph, (4) William and 
(5) Emma. 

VIII. Eliza Chisholm, m. Daniel Bowen ; set. Marmora. Issue : 
(1) James, (2) George and (3) Hester. 

IX. Sarah Chisholm, m. George Graham; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 

George H. and (2) Sarah. 

X. Jane Chisholm, d. unm. 

See I. The Colin Chisholm Branch: 

(1) Alexander Sanford Chisholm, m. Sarah Dorland; set. Sid- 
ney. Issue: (a) Fannie Chisholm, m. 1st, David Murdoff, 
and 2nd, Alexander Henry ; set. Toronto, (6) Josephine 
Chisholm, m. Oliver Lawrence of Sidney; set. Toronto, (c) 
Edith Chisholm, m. Sheldon Moran ; set. Northumber- 
land County, (d) George Chisholm, m. Mary Bonisteel ; 
set. Sidney, (e) Bertha Chisholm, m. and set. in the 

(2) Emily Jane Chisholm. m. George Hall; set. Hastings 

County, where he died; his widow resides at Woodstock. 
Issue : (a) Jeannie Hall, m. Fred Cook ; set. Chicago, (6) 
William Hall, m. and set. in Michigan, (c) Aurella Hall, 
in. Robert Morton of Trenton ; set. Prince Edward 
County, (d) Harvey Hall, m. and set. Michigan, (e) 
Nellie Hall, m. David Scott; set. Trenton, where she died. 
He afterwards m. his deceased wife's sister, Gussie 
Hall, and set. Woodstock. 

(3) James Frederick Chisholm, b. July 28th, 1828, m. Oct., 

16th, 1867, Margaret Dickson, being the dau. of 


Alexander Dickson of Kingston ; set, Thurlow, and 
finally Belleville. Issue: (a) Frederick Alexander 
Dickson Chisholm, b. Aug, 1868 ; d. unm., July 1st, 
1892, (6) William Dickson Chisholm, b. Sept. 3, 1870; 
m. April 29, 1903, Nora Madeline, dau. of John Bell, 
K.C.; no issue, (c) Beatrice Anderson Chisholm, d. unm., 
b. Aug. 21, 1879, d. Jan 4th, 1897. 

(4) Harvey Fowler Chisholm, M.D., m. Sarah Smith ; set. 

Port Hope. Issue : (a) Bertha Chisholm, m. Dr. Fred 
Brown ; set. Port Hope. 

(5) Mary Chisholm, d. unm. 

(6) Eliza E. Chisholm, m. Isaac Lockwood ; set. Napanee ; 

no issue. 



I. Henry Chisholm. 

II. John Chisholm, m. Miss Bradshaw; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 

James A. Chisholm, b. 1835: m. 1862, Ann E. Benson. 
Issue: (a) Frances H. Chisholm, m. Rev. M. E. Wilson. No 
issue, (b) Harvey B. Chisholm, m. 1888, Bertha A. Dracup; 
set. Sidney. (Issue: Laura), (c) Roderick Chisholm, d. unm., 
(d) Alfretta A. Chisholm, m. Prof. J. E. R. Doxsee, M.A.; set. 
Belleville. (Issue: James E. R., Ronald R. C. and Francis A. 

III. Mary Chisholm, m. Peter McTaggart; set. .Sidney. No issue. 

IV. Annabel Chisholm, m. Bartholomew Johns; set. Marmora. 

V. Murchison Chisholm. 

VI. Henrietta Chisholm, m. Elias Ketcheson; set. Sidney. 

VII. Alexander Chisholm, m. and set. California. 


Robert Coleman came from Ireland to the United States, but 
being thoroughly loyal to the British Crown, and finding the 
country still turbulent and uncongenial, he cast his fortunes with 
the Loyalists and migrated to Canada. He received a grant of 


land in Ameliasburgh, and there began to rear his family, and 
build a permanent home. His sterling character and untiring 
industry made him a welcome and useful member in the new com- 
munity. He labored faithfully and well, leaving an ^honored 
name to his posterity, and enabling his descendants to reap many 
advantages from the growth and prosperity of Ontario. 

His son, David Coleman, became a prominent man and valued 
citizen. He was a skillful millwright, and soon owned and 
operated a grist mill, which proved a great boon to his neighbors, 
who formerly had been compelled to carry their grain to Kingston. 
He joined the Prince Edward County militia, and was in action at 
the Carrying Place with his company during the Rebellion of 1837, 
and marched with them to Toronto. For years he held the office 
of tax collector. He was an active man, of quick intelligence and 
good education, having taught school at Roblin's Mills for several 

His son, Isaiah Coleman, resides in Toronto. He is deeply 
interested in the United Empire Loyalists' history and traditions, 
and takes a worthy pride in his honorable ancestry. 



I. David Coleman, m. 1st, Sarah Gilmour and 2nd, Mary Lowe; 

set. Prince Edward County. Issue: by 1st, (1) Isaiah, (2) 
Sarah E., (3) Jane A., (4) Martha, (5) David G. and (6) John. 

II. Charles Coleman, m. Ellen Lauder. set. Prince Edward County. 

Issue: (1) William, (2) Francis and (3) Margaret. 

III. James Coleman, m. Jane Gilmour; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: 
(1) Robert J., (2) Martha J., (3) John J. and (4) Lisette. 

IV. John Coleman, m. 1st, Mary Ann Clegg and 2nd, Eliza Butler; 

set. Ameliasburgh and finally Trenton. No issue. 

V. .Jane Ann Coleman, m. Thomas Lauder; set. Ameliasburgh. 

Issue: (1) Robert W., (2) David C. and (3) Sarah J. 

VI. Robert Coleman, m. Sarah Ann Way; set. Ameliasburgh. No 




See I. The David Goleman Branch : 

(1) fsaiah Coleman, m. Margaret A. Johnston; set. Toronto. 

Issue: (a) William, m. Sarah Reynolds; set. Toronto. 
(Issue: Gladys, Donald and Charles), (6) Arthur, (c) 
Charles, (d) Bessie, (e) Tracey and (/) Harvey. 

(2) Sarah E. Coleman, m. James McKim ; set. Detroit. 
Issue: (a) Harry, (b) Ella and (c) Percy. 

(3) Jane A. Coleman, m. John Lewis; set. Markham. Issue: 

(a) Charles, (b) William, (c) Anson and (d) Florence. 

(4) Martha Coleman, m. Ephriam Adams; set. Ameliasburgh. 

Issue: (a) Alberta, (6) Aidelia and (c) Byron. 

(5) David G. Coleman, m. Florence Barker; set. Detroit. 
Issue: (a) Louis and (6) Roy. 

(6) John Coleman, unm.; set. Detroit. 

See II. The Charles Coleman Branch : 

(1) William Coleman, d. unm. 

(2) Francis Coleman, d. unm. 

(3) Margaret Coleman, m. William H. Kinnear ; set. Hillier. 

Issue : (a) Elda, d. y., and (6) Charles. 

See III. The James Coleman Branch : 

(1) Robert J. Coleman, d. y. 

(2) Martha J. Coleman, m. Albert Rooke ; set. Montreal. 

(3) John J. Coleman, m. Catherine Morgan ; set. Amelias- 

burgh. Issue : (a) Verna. 

(4) Lisette Coleman, m. Frederick Jewel ; set. Fenelon Falls. 

Issue : (a) Luella. 


See V. The Jane Ann Coleman Branch : 

(1) Robert W. Lauder, m. 1st, Mary Gamble, and 2nd, Susan 

Platt ; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue : By 1st, (a) Bertha, 

(b) Emma, (c) Lottie, (d) Eral, and by 2nd, (e) one son, 
(/> 9) two daughters. 

(2) Sarah J. Lauder, m. Washington Gamble ; set. Amelias- 

burgh. Issue : (a) Effie, (b) Alma, (c) Ernest, and (d) 


Preston Cummings, was born in Scotland, emigrated to the 
United States, and after the Revolutionary War came to Canada, 
settling in Rawdon, (near where the village of Stirling now stands) 
taking up four hundred acres of land. He was one of the very 
first settlers in Rawdon. 

He had a family of six children, viz : Melissa, Polly, Clarissa, 
Jedediah, Hiram and Anna. 

Hiram Cummings had four hundred acres of land at the time 
of his death, and in addition to other stock, kept from seventy to 
eighty cattle. His Will provided that the property should be 
divided when the youngest child came of age, and this was done ; 
George Cummings, the eldest son, purchasing the interests of the 
other heirs. The widow was an excellent woman of marked 
ability. She successfully managed the estate and reared her chil- 
dren to habits of thrift and industry. They were large butter 
and cheesemakers, and their farm was considered one of the finest 
in that part of the county. 

George Cummings, eldest son of Hiram Cummings, was born 
(July 5, 1834) and reared and educated in Rawdon, and married 
Rosana McGowan, December 23rd, 1857. As already mentioned 
George Cummings purchased the interests of the other heirs of his 
father's estate consisting of three hundred acres of land, his 
mother having sold one hundred acres. He was at this time 
twenty-six years old, and some idea of his pluck and enterprise 
can be gained from the fact that in taking over their interests he 
assumed a debt of more than $3,000. And his generous disposition 
was evidenced by the fact that he at once gave to his brother, 
John, one hundred acres, free of debt. John, however, died some 
time after and willed to George fifty acres. 

George Cummings was endowed with more than ordinary 
ability. He speculated in farms to some extent, buying and sel- 
ling in Rawdon and Thurlow to advantage. He also purchased a 
mill privilege in Rawdon, erected a modern saw-mill, ran it for 
s.-vt-u years at a good profit, and then sold it at an advance on 
its cost. He did a large lumber and contracting business in addi- 
tion to his farming interests. He moved to Sidney in 1885, 


where he owns two hundred acres, lot 29, concession 3, which is in 
a high state of cultivation, and is farmed by himself and sons. 
He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, an Independent in 
politics, a man of strong opinions and well posted on the events of 
the day. 



I. Melissa Cummings, m. Mr. Bettis; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 

Melissa, (2) Harry and (3) Hiram. 

II. Polly Cummings, m. 1st, Mr. Phelps, and 2nd, Samuel Horton. 
set. Rawdon. Issue : by 1st, (1) Melissa, (2) Edgar, and by 
2nd, (3) Elijah, (4) John, (5) Sylvester, (6) Hiram, (7) Anna 
and (8) Hannah. 

III. Clarissa Cummings, m. Joseph Bush ; set. Rawdon. Issue : 
(1) Abigail, (2) Samuel; (3) Hiram, (4) Susan, (5) Edward, 
(6) Lewis, (7) William and (8) Polly. 

IV. Jedediah Cummings, m. Esther Reid ; set. Rawdon. Issue : 
(1) Gilbert. (2) Cyntha, (3) Wilson, (4) Preston, (5) Anson 
and (6) Melissa. 

V. Hiram Cummings, m. Abigail Ried, dau. of John Reid, the old 
Thurlow pioneer. Issue : (1) Eliza, (2) Irene, (3) Nancy, 
(4) Susan, (5) Annas, (6) George (7) John, (8) Polly, and 
(9) Clarissa. 

VI. Anna Cummings, m. Joseph Green ; set. Rawdon. Issue: (1) 
Susan, (2) Permelia, (3) Annas, (4) Ebenezer, (5) Jedediah 
and (6) Joseph. 


See V. The Hiram Cummings Branch : 

(6) George Cummings, m. Rosana McGowan. Issue: (a) 
Susan, m. William Bird ; set. Thurlow ; no issue, (6) 
John, d.y., (c) James, m. Maggie McGarney ; set. Sidney, 
(issue : Ella, Cora, Rosa, Zada and Harold), (d) Abigail, 
d.y., (e) Elizabeth, m. Frederick Baker ; set. Belleville, 
(issue : Lottie and Hazel), (/) Eleanor, (g) Maggie and 
(h) George, unm. 


John Christie was a stone contractor in Scotland, but emi- 
grated with his wife and family to Canada, in 1848, purchased a 
farm, and settled near Bowman ville. 

He was born in Brechin, Scotland, in 1798, and on June 6, 
1829, he married Elizabeth Fairweather, of the same place. She 
was born in 1801. They had seven children, all of whom were 
born in Scotland, except David, the youngest, who was born after 
they came to Canada. 

They were members of the Presbyterian Church, and people 
of education and refinement, who carefully educated their children 
and lived to see them well settled in life. Jane, the eldest 
daughter, married James Dakers, secretary-treasurer and general 
manager of the G.N.W. Telegraph Company. Isabella married 
John Patterson, manager for Henry Morgan, dry goods, Montreal, 
and later, manufacturer of spices, now retired. James B. Christie 
is postmaster at Trenton. 

In 1879, John Christie and his wife celebrated their golden 
wedding. In 1882 he passed away at the ripe old age of eighty- 
four years, while his wife died two years later, at the age of 

James B. Christie was born in Scotland, February 25, 1842, 
and was only six years old when he came, with his parents, to 
Canada. He was educated in the schools at Bowmanville, and 
after completing his education, entered the employ of the Montreal 
Telegraph Company, and was stationed at St. Johns, Quebec, 
where he remained four years. He was next sent to Trenton, to 
reorganize the Company's office at that point. This was in 
September, 1861, and he was immediately appointed agent of the 
Montreal Telegraph Company, and assistant postmaster of Trenton, 
under the late James Cumming. Upon the latter 's death, in 1873, 
Mr. Christie was appointed postmaster. For several years James 
B. Christie was a town councillor and member of the School Board, 
being at one period chairman of that body. He has occupied 
positions which have brought him in contact with the people of 
the district for more than forty years, and no man is held in 


higher esteem than he is. The family are members of the Presby- 
terian Church. Mr. Christie belongs to the A.F. and A.M., the 
A.O.U.W., and the Sons of Scotland. 



I. Jane Christie, m. James Dakers; set. Montreal. Issue: (1) 


II. Margaret Christie, d. in inf. 

III. John Christie, m. Sarah Bellwood; set. Montreal. 

IV. Isabella Christie, m. John Patterson; set. Montreal. Issue : (1) 

James D., (2) Henry M. and (3) John. 

V. James B. Christie, m. Melissa Flindall ; set. Trenton. Issue : 

(1) Jennie, (2) John, (3) Arthur, (4) Alfred, (5) Donald, (6) 
Lome and (7) Stewart. 

VI. Elizabeth Christie, unm. 

VII. David Christie, m. and set. Rochester, N.Y. 

See V. The James B. Christie Branch: 

(2) John Christie, m. Emma Keyes; set. Trenton. No issue. 

(4) Alfred Christie, m. Mary Connelly; set. Trenton. No 

(5) Donald Christie, m. Alice Helmer; set. North West. 
Issue: (a) Donald R. 

(6) Lome Christie, d. y. 

(7) Stewart Christie, d. y. 


Paul Clark was among the first settlers in Prince Edward 
County, having located himself near Bloomfield in 1798, where he 
married Mehetabel, third daughter of Gilbert Palen. The Palens 
were of Dutch and English descent, and came to Canada from 
Dutchess County, N.Y., settling on the south side of East Lake, in 
the township of Athol ; and Gilbert Palen was among the earliest 
of the U.E. Loyalists to seek a home in Canada. He was a car- 

North Marysburg 


penter and builder by trade, and assisted in or superintended the 
erection of many of the early structures in the county. He had 
two brothers; one Eaoch, who led a sailor's life, and never married, 
and Gersham, who married, and after whom the pioneer's fifth 
child was named. Susan, Paul's eldest child, married Guy H. 
Young, who was the eldest grandson of Lieut. -Colonel Henry 
Young, and settled in Athol. The pioneer's first son, Palen, 
married Gertrude Minaker, and his second son, Stephen, married 
Elizabeth Pierce ; both Minaker and Pierce are honored names 
in South and North Marysburg respectively. Mary A., the 
second daughter, married William Welbanks, the fourth son of 
Thomas Welbanks, another member of the noble army of the U. 
E. Loyalists. Maria, the youngest daughter, married Sheldon 
Dulmage, a grandson of David Dulmage and settled in Athol. 
Sheldon Dulmage served in the Rebellion of '37 in the Light Horse 
Cavalry, and the family is now represented in Athol township by 
Philip C. Dulmage, a splendid specimen of the Prince Edward 
County agriculturist. 



I. Susan Clark, m. Guy H. Young; set. Athol. Issue: (1) James 

C., (2) Dorcas, (3) Rosanna and (4) Hester. 

II. Palen Clark, m. Gertrude Minaker; set. S. Marysburg. Issue: 

(I) Mehetabel, (2) Isabel, (3) Phoebe. (4) Sarah, (5) Paul, (6) 
Susan, (7) Maria, (8) Mima, (9) Palen, (10) Gertrude and (11) 
Andrew M. The father d. 1870, aged 70 yrs; the mother 
1888, aged 83 yrs. 

III. Mary A. Clark, m. William Welbanks ; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Millie, (2) Palen, (3) Martha, (4) Clark, (5) Louisa, 
(6) Anson, (7) Susan, (8) William, (9) Ursula, (10) Mehetabel, 

(II) Thomas, (12) Stephen, (13) Victoria and (14) Wyatt. 

IV. Stephen Clark, m. Elizabeth Pierce ; set. N. Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Nelson, (2) Eliza, (3) Ezekiel, (4) Edward, (5) 
William and () Harriet. 

V. Gresham ClarV, m. Marilla Ingall; set. Athol. Issue: (1) 

Gertrude, (2) Mehetabel, (3) Hester, (4) Augusta, (5) Luke, 


(6) Elgin, (7) Sarah M., (8) Mary A. and (9) Lewis. The 
father d. 1866, aged 60 yrs; the mother, d. aged 60 yrs. 
VI.- Maria Clark, m. Sheldon Dulmage ; set. Athol. Issue: (1) 
Philip C. and (2) Patience. 

VII. Nelson Clark m. Jane A. Andrews ; set. Michigan. 

VIII. Ezekiel Clark, m. Mary Ensley ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) Gilbert, (2) David, (3) Marietta, (4) Emma, and (5) Adam P. 

IX. Gilbert Clark, m. Miranda Stephens ; set. Athol. Issue : 
(1) Alvie, (2) Sidney, (3) Ezekiel, (4) William, (5) Sheldon, 
and (6) Eliza J. 

See II. The Palen Clark Branch : 

(1) Mehetabel Clark, m. Jehiel Breakenridge ; set. Belmont. 

Issue : (a) Charles H., (b) David, (c) Palen, (d} Emma, 
(e) Gertrude, (/) Rose, and (g) Minnie. 

(2) Isabel Clark, m. James Walmsley ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Sarah, (b) William, (c) Gilbert J., (d) Andrew, 
(e) Palen, and (/) Isabel. 

(3) Phoebe Clark, m. William Walmsley ; set. Athol. Issue : 

(a) Prudence, (b) Sarah, (c) James, (d) Palen, and (e) 

(4) Sarah Clark, m. Launcelot Nethery ; set. Hillier. 

(5) Paul Clark, m. 1st, Betsey Welbanks, and 2nd, Mrs Cork- 

indale (nee VanAlstine) ; set. Athol. Issue : By 1st, (a) 
David, (b) Frank, (c) Palen, and (d) Minnie. 

(6) Susan Clark, m. Benjamin Hawley ; settled S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Nettie. 

(7) Maria Clark, m. Samuel Kennedy ; set. Northumberland 
4 i, County. Issue: (a) Nancy. 

(8) Mima Clark, m. Thomas C. Church ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Ida, (b) Archibald, and (c) Nina. 

(9) Palen Clark, m. Mary Richards ; set. Oregon. Issue : (a) 

Percy, and (6) Edith. 

(10) Gertrude Clark, m. Francis McCauley ; set. S. Marys- 
burg. Issue : (a) Lena, and (b) Joseph. 

(11) Andrew M. Clark, m. 1st, Sarah Richards, and 2nd, 


Sophia Sweetman ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue: By 1st, 
(a) Eugenie, m. G. Nelson Rose ; (b) Hazel ton, d. in inf.; 
issue by 2nd : (c) Sarah, (d) Augusta, (e) Frederick W., 
(/) Herbert W., (g) Blanche, (h) Isabella, (i) Andrew M., 
(j) Nelson W., and (k) Eva. 

See IV. The Stephen Clark Branch : 

(1) Nelson Clark, m. Margaret Hicks ; set. Minden. 

(2) Eliza Clark, m.'John VanDusen ; set. S. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) William, (6) Ida, (c) Albert, (d) Frank, (e) 
John, and (/) Stanley. 

(3) Ezekiel Clark, m. Josephine Banford ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Herbert, m. Maud Strawbridge. (Issue : 
Ezekiel, Earl, William, Stanley, and Florence,) (b) 
Thomas, m. Beatrice Ashley. (No issue.) (c) Florence, 
m. Dr. Loss Williams. (No. issue.) (d) Maud, m. James 
Shepherd. (Issue : Josephine, Arthur, and Leta.) (e) 
Lillian, and (/) Harry, at home, unm. 

(4) Edward Clark, m. Maggie Lynn ; set. Manitoba. Issue : 

(a) Bessie, (6) Lynn, (c) Nellie, (d) Ethel, (e) Myrtle, and 
(/) a dau. 

(5) Margaret Clark, m. Hiram Cannon ; set. United States. 

(6) William G. Clark, m. Eunice Talcott ; set. Bloomfield. 

Issue : (a) Webster T. 

(7) Harriet Clark, m. William VanDervoort; set. United States. 

(8) Stephen Clark, d. y. 

(9) Martha Clark, d. y. 

(10) John Clark, d. unm. 


The Connor farm as it is still called, formerly extended over 
a vast area, including the point itself and a large part of the choice 
land "Below the Rock," that forms the connecting link between 
tin- Lake and the Bay sides for that portion of Prince Edward 
County. Aaron Connor settled at Indian Point, and led for many 


years the stern and adventurous life of the pioneer. He was a 
man of prodigious strength and incredible energy. He is said to 
have killed a bear with a blow from his fist, and to have walked 
from Kingston to Toronto in twenty-four hours. Incredible as 
many of the traditions concerning him seems to be, they unmistak- 
ably attest his gigantic strength and energy. His children have 
married well and are sterling and popular people. Perry and John 
are on adjoining farms on the "Point;" Thomas is a successful 
farmer above the "Rock;" Frank k*eeps the lighthouse on the Point ; 
and Allen is a farmer of unusual literary taste and ability. 

The point upon which the lighthouse stands at the extreme 
East end of North Marysburg is known as Connors Farm. This 
farm has always been a notable one, because of the many events of 
which it has been the scene. It was on this farm that the thirteen 
American soldiers landed for the purpose of capturing some 
British officers, to be themselves captured by one Canadian officer 
and an orderly. It was on this farm that the mighty Aaron 
Connor laid down the law to others with the aid of his fist; it was 
on this farm that the French raftsmen were wont to land, when. in 
want of recreation and whiskey. This farm has passed through 
the hands of many Connors, but is now owned by Mr. Charles E. 
Hadden. With a shore line on three sides of it, and around which 
is an almost continuous grove of maple, hickory and pine, and 
without swamp or rock, it is certainly unsurpassed in North Marys- 
burg, or indeed in Prince Edward County. But it is chiefly valu- 
able, not as a farm, but as a cool, clean, refreshing place of rest or 
recreation. There are no marshy spots to breed flies, there is a 
shingly or pebbly beach around its coast line of about two and one- 
half miles, with just the right elevation above the water for com- 
fort. Nature has given the grand trees, the green sward, and the 
unexcelled yachting, bathing and fishing ground. Summer 
cottages and pavilions with the necessary golf links, bowling 
greens and tennis courts, would make of the Hadden farm, the 
most attractive summer resort on Lake Ontario. 

Its present owner, Charles E. Hadden, takes a pardonable 
pride in his handsome home and fine estate and is justly reckoned 
among the most progressive and intelligent citizens of Prince 
Edward County. 


The first of the Crouter family to come from the Fatherland 
to Ai md there to serve under the British flag, participated 

in the English and French War, and was present at the capture of 
Fort Frontenac by Colonel Bradstreet in 1758. His son, Peter, 
our Bay of Quinte pioneer, was born in Dutchess County, in 1755. 
During the war of the Revolution, he was identified with a reserve 
regiment under Colonel Ruttan, and was the only member of the 
family who came with the Loyalists to Canada. He migrated in 
1796, after Governor Simcoe issued his famous proclamation, and 
drew land in the township of Haldimand ; but he purchased land 
a little west of Rednerville, in the township of Ameliasburgh, 
where he settled and raised his family. At the time there were 
no roads, but a deer path along the Bay shore, and the pioneer 
experienced his full share of the common hardships and privations 
of the early days. But upon the south shore of the Bay he main- 
tained communication with the outside world, and with fish and 
game abundant, he soon passed through the hard experiences of 
bush life, and safely started on the highway to prosperity. Peter 
Crouter died in 1839, in his eighty-fourth year ; his wife, formerly 
Catherine Stephens, died in 1842, aged eighty-four years. 

Frank E. Crouter, son of Edward Crouter, and grandson of 
the pioneer, is one of the well known citizens of Trenton, where 
he resides with his wife, formerly Lillie Doieg, and their only son, 

st A. 



I. Anthony Crouter, b. 1791 ; d. 1855; m. Mary Brickman, b. 

1794, d. 1869, set. Sidney. Issue : (1) Abram L., (2) Catherine, 
(3) Ann and (4) Amanda. 

II. David Crouter, b. 1791 , d. 1867, served in War of 1812 in 
Hastings Militia ; m. 1st, Phoebe Rightmyer, nee Allison, and 
:>nd. ; set. Haldimand. Issue: (1) Benjamin A., (2) 

phen, (3) Darius and (4) Catherine. 

III. Peter Crouter, m. Clarissa Benton ; set. Murray, Issue : (1) 


David, (2) Nelson, (3) Peter S., (4) Egbert and (5) Miranda ; 
the father d. 1866. 

IV. Abraham Crouter, m. Maria Baker ; set. Haldimand. Issue : 
(1) John W., (2) James, (3) Abram, (4) Hannah and (5) Jane. 

V. Edward Crouter, d. aged 73 yrs,, m. Hannah Baker, d. 1843; 
set. Ameliasburgh. Issue: (1) Abram, (2) James, (3) Peter, 

(4) Anthony, (5) Maria, (6) Catherine and (7) Sarah. 

VI. Catherine Crouter, m. George Cunningham ; set. Amelias- 
burgh. Issue : (1) Henry, (2) James, (3) George, (4) Thomas, 

(5) Jane and (6) Elizabeth. 

VII. Maria Crouter, m. Godfrey Maybee ; set. Brock. Issue : (1) 
Peter, (2) Tobias and (3) Fisher. 

VIII. Jane Crouter, m. James Andrews ; set. finally in the West. 

IX. Olive Crouter, m. 1st, Mr. Brickman, and 2nd, Mr. Benton ; 
set. Ameliasburgh. Issue : by 1st, (1) Peter, (2) Henry, and 
by 2nd, (3) William and (4) Theresa. 

See V. The Edward Crouter Branch : 

(1) Abraham Crouter, m. Sarah Weese ; set. Ameliasburgh. 

Issue : (a) John, (6) Peter, (c) David, (d) Francis, (e) 
Mary, (/) Minnie and (g) Sophronia. 

(2) James Crouter, m. Agnes Babcock ; set. Trenton. Issue : 

(a) Jane Crouter, m. William Bonter ; set. Trenton. 
Issue : Florence, Fred and Arthur; (6) George H. Crouter, 
m. Floria Empy ; set. Michigan. Issue : Ethel, Henry, 
Ross, Raymond and Hazel ; (c) Minnie Crouter, m. 
Thomas Dine; set. Trenton. Issue: Annie; (d) Emma 
Crouter, unm. 

(3) Peter Crouter, m. Caroline Maybee; set. Gladstone, Man. 

Issue : (a) Edward, (6) Elizabeth, (c) Annie and (d) Mary. 

(4) Anthony Crouter, m. Charity Carnwright ; set. Amelias- 

burgh. Issue : (a) Alice Crouter, m. McLean Ellis ; set. 
Trenton. Issue : Charles, Alice, Walter and Harry ; (b) 
Sarah Crouter, m. Solomon Weeks ; set. Rochester. 
Issue : Lome E., Charles W., Pearl A. and Floied ; (c) 
Mary Crouter, m. Isaac Weeks; set. Chicago. Issue : 
Percy I. and Arthur ; (d) Edward Crouter, m. Emma 
L. C. Robinson; set. Trenton. Issue : Willie and Eva; 


((0 Frank E. Crouter, m. Lillie E. Doieg; set. Trenton. 
Issue: Ernest A.; (/) Maggie Crouter, m. Marshall 
Funiia ; set. Trenton. Issue : Edward and Harry ; (r/) 
( Jrace Crouter, d.y.; (h) Annie Crouter, m. William Clark; 
. Toronto. Issue : Verman and Mabel ; (i) John 
('muter, d. aged 21 yrs. unm.; (j) Charity E. Crouter, 
ML James Doieg ; set. Trenton. Issue : James H. and 
Frank E. 

(5) Maria Crouter, m. Levi Maxim; set. Oshkosh, Wis. Issue : 
(>O Matilda, (b) Lizzie, (c) Jane, (d) Ella, (e) Catherine, 
( / ) Edward, (g) Gordon, (h) Anthony and (i) Levi. 

(()) Catherine Crouter, unm. 

(7) Sarah Crouter, m. Elisha Baker; set. Trenton. Issue: (a) 
James, (b) Ella and (c) William. 


Samuel Willis Carson, the founder of this large and influen- 
tial family was born in 1795, or just one hundred and ten years 
ago, and died at the ripe age of eighty-six years in 1881. He 
settled on the farm where his son, James G. Carson, still resides, 
(lots 8 and 9, Lake Side), in full view of the Rock, Long Point, 
Timber Island, The False Ducks, and other islands of the South 
Side of Prince Edward County. By industry and thrift the family 
grew and spread over the county, prospering and linking with 
other prosperous families. 

James G. Carson, now seventy-two years of age, has seen 
many vicissitudes, but through them all, has kept to the narrow 
way in life, measuring himself as he would others, with the golden 
rule. His aim in life is not to be wealthy, not to be honored, but 
to do .justly, for the pleasure of doing it. With this, as his beacon 
light, he has steered through life and has landed in the harbor of 
rest well earned, with wealth and honor added. His brother, 
William Carson, settled on the Bay side with his son, James, while 
the old homestead live John Carson and Sidney Carson, 
both sons of the late Thomas Carson and nephews of James G. 
by lives William A. Carson, another nephew, and son of 
William Carson of the Bay side. 


Mr. Carson, the pioneer, was a typical Canadian ; industrious, 
patriotic and of retiring disposition. He sprang from United 
Empire Loyalist ancestry, and inherited to the full their noble 
aspirations and patriotic traditions. Needless to say he promptly 
volunteered as a loyal soldier in suppressing the Rebellion of 1837. 

He married Mary Gibson, who was born in 1797 and died 
January 13th, 1858. Their son, Mr. James G. Carson, can remem- 
ber when a trip to the mill meant nothing less than a drive to 
Collins Bay, some twenty-five miles distant. 



I. Martha A. Carson, b. 1819, m. Mr. Totten ; set. Kingston. 

Issue : (1) Mary. 

II. Thomas Carson, m. Jane Leiper ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) Robert, (2) John, (3) 'Samuel, and (4) Sidney. ' 

III. John Carson, m. Caroline Dame ; set. N. Marysburg. 

IV. Alice Carson, b. 1827, unm.; set. N. Marysburg. 

V. Samuel Carson, m. Melissa Breakenridge ; set. Strathroy. 
Issue : (1) Samuel, (2) George, and (3) Emma. 

VI. James G. Carson, b. 1832, unm.; set. N. Marysburg. 

VII. Alexander Carson, m. Elizabeth Breakenridge ; set. 
Northumberland. Issue : (1) Minnie, (2) Maud, and (3) 
Martha J. 

VIII. William Carson, m. Lizzie Leiper ; set. N. Marysburg. 
Issue : (1) James, (2) William A., and (3) Isabella. 

IX. Mary Carson, d. unm. 

See II. The Thomas Carson Branch : 

(1) Robert Carson, in. and set. Peterboro'. 

(2) John 0. Carson, m. Sarah Hicks ; set. N. Marysburg. 

(3) Samuel Carson, m. Delia Slater ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Merle. 

(4) Sidney Carson, unm. 


See V 1 1 1 . 11 r / 'II lam Carson Branch : 

(1) Jiii ucs Carson, m. Eva Kinney ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) William E. 

(2) William A. Carson, m. Nona Harrison ; set. N. Marys- 

burg. Issue : (a) Helen E., and (6) Willett. 

(3) Isabella Carson, m. Thomas McKinley ; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue : (a) Ina, and (6) William. 


Prince Edward County had been in the way of receiving and 
welcoming settlers chiefly from the United States and Great 
Britain lor some forty years before Richard Calnan, the pioneer of 
the Calnan family in the county, set sail from England for these 
shores. He was an Irishman, born in the County of Cork about 
1798, and yet he emigrated from England. Thereby hangs a tale 
of family troubles. 

Little is known of his parents, the pioneer's father having met 
his death by drowning, when Richard was very young. His 
mother married again, and when Richard grew to manhood, the 
family had acquired considerable property. He had been led to 
expect a share, and from the time he had been able to work at all, 
had labored assiduously in the cultivation and improvement of the 
estate. But his eldest brother, to whom the estate went by entail, 
refused to give Richard his share on his reaching the age of twenty- 
one, and the latter, before emigrating to America, crossed the 
channel and settled in England. 

He restrained his impatie'nce sufficiently to live and work in 
England for a few years, and, still probably with an eye towards 
the future, did the wise thing in taking to himself a wife. He 
married Sophia, daughter of James Hurren, who served for many 
years in the British army, being attached to the famous 16th Regi- 
ment; (during his military career he was frequently detailed to 
act as part of the body guard to his Majesty King George III). 
Their tirst born child was just three months old when Richard 

in sailed for Canada. A comparatively late arrival, as has 
intimated, on reaching Prince Edward County, though there 


were large tracts of land still unoccupied, he found employment 
with a former settler, David Osterhout, on the lake shore above 
Wellington, where he remained for one year, then bought fifty 
acres in Ameliasburgh ; but the farmer from whom he purchased 
them had previously conveyed the farm to a creditor. To get a 
clear deed to the property, Mr. Calnan had to pay the purchase 
money a second time. 

With the exception that he had not so far to take his grist to 
the mill, his manner of life, to begin with, was hardly less difficult 
than that of his earliest predecessors in pioneering. After living 
for twelve years on the fifty acres of land, which had cost him so 
dear at the outset, and having done well by that land, he began to 
anticipate the probable requirements of his elder sons in the years 
to come. He purchased one hundred acres of land in Hillier 
township, to which, later on, he added twenty acres, and increased 
it still further by the purchase of another twenty-five acres. The 
unremitting industry which characterized him from the first, 
he continued to exhibit, so that many years before his death he was 
considered fairly well off. By and by his sons had farms of their 
own, and married and settled, with one exception, in the county ; 
and his daughters, all of whom were married, went, most of them, 
no farther from the old homestead. There were twelve children, 
all of whom, except the youngest, are still living; the youngest 
survivor being forty-four, and the eldest seventy -two. They all 
remained in Prince Edward County except Sarah M., who now 
resides in Syracuse ; William, who lives in New York State ; and 
Edward W., and Hannah, who live in the adjacent county of 

The Pioneer may be said never to have ceased work from the 
time-, when quite a boy, he was put on his father's farm in Ireland, 
until he ceased to live, when he quitted life and labor at the same 
time, at the age of eighty-nine. He died in 1892, and his wife, 
in 1901, at the same age as her husband. For many years he 
might have lived more at ease, but in that case he might not have 
lived so long. He was a Conservative in politics, and a Methodist. 

John Calnan, eldest son of the Pioneer, resides on lot 62, 2nd 
concession of Sophiasburgh, consisting of one hundred acres, in a 
high state of cultivation, with a fine residence and up-to-date 


improvements of every kind. He purchased his farm in 1860, 
from Joseph Cummings, at which time it was largely bush, and 
contained no dwelling but a log cabin. Mr. Calnan is prosperous 
and well-to-do, and his sons are well settled on good farms, which 
they manage with care and ability. His two married daughters, 
Mrs. Sanford B. Gorssline,and Mrs. Russell Reid, reside, respectively, 
in Sophiasburgh and Picton. Mr. Calnan has never served in any 
official capacity, although often requested to permit his nomination 
for township and county councillor. 

James Calnan, fourth child and second son of Richard Calnan, 
has led a busy and active life, having been connected with the 
postal service, and the telegraph business, and also taught school. 
For the past forty years he has cultivated the farm upon which 
he resides, on the 8th of Hillier, but has found time to serve as a 
member of the council from 1876 to 1893. He was also reeve for 
a number of years, and deputy-reeve ; has been assessor of the 
township, census enumerator, and a member of the School Board. 

His son, A. E. Calnan, resides with his father, and manages 
the farm. He has also taken his father's place in the township 



I. Margaret Calnan, m. William Pine ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 

(1) Richard, (2) Mary, (3) Fanny, (4) Joseph H. 

II. John Calnan, m. Elizabeth Morden ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue : (1) Richard H., (2) William J., (3) Emma S., (4) 
Annie G., (5) Melissa and (6) Stanley. 

III. Fanny J. Calnan, m. Charles Fox; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 
(1) Maggie and (2) Herbert. 

IV. James Calnan, m. Susan Morden ; set. Hillier. Issue : (1) 
Lanor, (2) Albert E., (3) Maggie and (4) Sarah E. 

V. Hannah M. Calnan, m. 1st, Anson May bee, and 2nd, Philip 
Haight; set. finally Belleville. Issue: by 1st, (1) William 
H. and (2) Wilbert. 

VI. William Calnan, m. Ellen Miller ; set. New York State; 



Issue : (1) Milo, (2) Estella and (3) Frederick ; all of whom 
are unm., except Estella. 

VII. Elizabeth Calnan, m. Colborn Bonter; set. Ameliasburgh. 
Issue : (1) Frederick. 

VIII. David A. Calnan m. Emma Burley ; set. Ameliasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Rosie, (2) Barton, (3) Minnie, (4) Zella, (5) Horace, 
(6) Dora, (7) Maud and (8) Leonard. 

IX. Edward W. Calnan, m. Elizabeth Burley ; set. finally 
Belleville. Issue: (1) Allan, (2) Freeman and (3) Sherman. 

X. Oliver D. Calnan, m. Lena Sprague; set. Hillier. Issue : (1) 
Arthur S., (2) Frederick and (3) Etna. 

XL Sarah M. Calnan, m. 1st, John Young, and 2nd, George Tice; 
set. finally Syracuse, N.Y. Issue : by 1st, (1) Hope, (2) Myrtle 
and (3) Cromwell ; all of whom are unm. 

XII. Richard Calnan, d. in 1904, being at the time Collector of 
Taxes for Ameliasburgh; m. Jennie Lafferty; set. Amelias- 
burgh. Issue : (1) Ruby, unm.; set. Ameliasburgh. 

See II. The John Calnan Branch: 

(1) Richard H. Calnan, m. Matilda Gorssline; set. Hillier. 

Issue: (a) Orrel and (b) Norma. 

(2) William J. Calnan, m. Henrietta Branscombe; set. Hillier. 

Issue : (a) Raymond. 

(3) Emma S. Calnan, m. Sanford B. Gorssline; set. Sophias- 

burgh. Issue: (a) Gerald C. 

(4) Annie G. Calnan, d. aged 32 ; unm. 

(5) Melissa Calnan, m. Russell Reid; set. Picton. Issue: (a) 


(6) Stanley Calnan, m. Eva Pearsall; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue : (a) Gradon P. and (b) Ralph. 

See III. The Fanny J. Calnan Branch : 

(1) Maggie Fox, m. Anthony Brooks; set. Hillier. Issue: (a) 

Lulu, (b) Charles B. and (c) Harold. 

(2) Herbert Fox, m. Alice Brooks; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 

(a) Vivian and (b) Lela. 


See IV. Thf. James Calnan Branch : 

(1) Lanor Calnan, m. Charles Pierce; set. Hillier. Issue: (a) 

Winnifred A. 

(2) Albert E. Calnan, m. Gertrude Thomson; set. Hillier. 

Issue: (a) Lindley, (6) Edith and (c) Marjorie. 

(3) Maggie Calnan, m. Rev. Charles Daly ; set. near Brock- 

ville. Issue : (a) Charles F. and (6) James S. 

(4) Sarah E. Calnan, m. Hallet Anderson; set. Hallowell. 
Issue : (a and 6) Howard G. and Francis M. (twins). 

See V. The Hannah M. Calnan Branch: 

(1) William H. Maybee, unm.; set. Belleville. 

(2) Wilbert Maybee, m. Miss Stevens; set. Ameliasburgh.. 
No issue. 

See VIII. The David A. Calnan Branch: 

(1) Rosie Calnan, unm. 

(2) Barton Calnan, m. Miss Stoneberg; set. Ameliasburgh. 

Issue: (a) 1 dau. 

(3) Minnie Calnan, m. Ernest Drummond; set. Hillier. No 


(4) Zella, (5) Horace, (6) Dora, (7) Maud and (8) Leonard 

Calnan, all unm.; set. Ameliasburgh. 
See IX. The Edward W. Calnan Branch : 

( 1 ) Allan Calnan, m. Alice Babcock ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 

(a) Eileen. 

(2) Freeman Calnan, m. Sylva McDonald ; set. near Belleville 

on homestead. No issue. 

(3) Sherman Calnan, unm.; set. near Belleville, on homestead. 
See X. The Oliver D. Calnan Branch : 

(1) Arthur S. Calnan, m. Edith A. Hall; set. Huff's Island. 

No issue. 

(2) Frederick Calnan, m. Alice Wood; set. Ameliasburgh. 
No issue. 

Etna Calnan, unm.; set. Hillier. 


The Doxsees enjoyed a local renown that was twofold. In 
first place, the daughters of the pioneer, Archelaus Doxsee, 


were the mothers and grandmothers of some of the most hand- 
some women in Prince Edward, a county which is said to be 
inhabited by the men with the good looking sisters; and in 
the second place, it was the pioneer Doxsee, who was said 
to have built the first wagon in the county. As he was skilled in 
the trade of a wheelwright he was well fitted for the task. The 
wagon was a curious structure and crudely primitive. With the 
exception of the tires, there was no iron employed in its construc- 
tion; the body, shafts and nuts were made of wood. But it was 
a welcome means of transport in open weather. In winter, its 
need was not felt, as jumpers or sleighs proved better substitutes. 
These sleighs, placed on hardwood runners curved upwards in 
front, were drawn by yokes of oxen. Heavily laden, they slid 
over the roots, stumps and boulders with the utmost unconcern. 
A breakdown was only an incident of the trip; it made no serious 
hindrance to the progress of the journey ; for the early pioneer, 
like the modern motorist, always carried his kit of tools. If his 
sleigh could not be mended, the materials to make a new one were 
always at hand. 

Archelaus Doxsee came from Long Island, where his parents, 
who were English, had their home on the Sound, near Brooklyn. 
The English living so much among the New Hollanders and inter- 
marrying with them, both languages were in common use ; and 
the Doxsees were almost as conversant with the Dutch tongue as 
they were with their own. Archelaus in 1781 married Martha 
Rayner, of Long Island, and brought his family with him when he 
came to Canada about 1800. He journeyed north by way of the 
Mohawk River Valley, striking the St. Lawrence River a little 
above Clayton. He did not stop any time at Adolphustown, but 
crossed over the Bay at once and located at Green Point on the 
farm adjoining Cole's Wharf. Green, or Grassy Point, was settled 
earlier than the land that lay to. its west and extended immediately 
towards Northport, and among its early settlers were the Doxsee, 
Row, Shortt and Carman families. 

Sylvanus Doxsee, a son of the Pioneer, married Elizabeth 
Shortt, daughter of Adam Shortt, a Prussian soldier, whose original 
name was Adam Kurtz. An apprenticed weaver in his own 
country, disliking both his master and his trade, Kurtz ran away 


to Hanover, where he found agents recruiting soldiers to fight for 
King George III. in his War with the American Colonies. He 
enlisted, and so found his way to the Western World. Peace 
having been declared he was given the option of returning to 
Europe or of taking up land in Canada. He chose the latter and 
located on the High Shore, where he acquired three hundred 
acres. With the very natural inclination to appear more British, 
he had his name translated into " Shortt. " 

The Doxsees are numerous, and as a rule quite prominent in 
the Bay of Quinte district. John L. Doxsee, son of Adam K. and 
grandson of Archelaus Doxsee, is at present postmaster at Gilbert's 
Mills, and has served in the Sophiasburgh Council since 1879. He 
has been a member of the County Council and Reeve of the 
Township. His father was born in 1811 and took up land nearly 
seventy-five years ago. The church in their neighborhood is 
commonly known as the " Doxsee church. " 

A prominent member of this ancient family is Professor 
Egerton R. Doxsee, son of Rev. Archelaus and Alma VanDusen 
Doxsee. He was born March 7th, 1869, and married Alfretta 
Augusta Chisholrn. They have three young children: James 
Egerton Roswell, Ronald Roderick Chisholm and Francis Archelaus 

He attended the public schools, the High School at Port 
Hope, and completed his education at Victoria University, receiving 
the degrees of B.A. and B.D. Having determined to devote him- 
self to the ministry, he was duly ordained in 1895; but his attain- 
ments and capacity for administration led to his appointment as 
Professor of Classics at Albert College. In addition to his other 
duties, the Professor at present is Registrar of Albert College and 
also Dean of Residence. He is a member of the Methodist church 
and Superintendent of the Sunday School. His political affili- 
ations are with the Liberal party. 


unicl Doxsee, settled in New York, 
11 Archelaus Doxsee, m. Elizabeth Way and settled in Reacli Twp., 


Hastings Co. Issue: (1) Mary, (2) Jemima, (3) Martha, 

(4) Melcinda, (5) Daniel, (6) John, (7) Benjamin, (8) Hiram 
and (9) Sarah E. 

III. Sylvanus Doxsee, m. Elizabeth Shortt; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Adam Kurtz, (2) Elizabeth, (3) Samuel, (4) William, 

(5) Mary, (6) Sarah, (7) John, (8) Wesley and (9) Archelaus. 
The father d. 1865, aged 79 yrs; the mother 1854, aged 65 

IV. Sarah Doxsee, m. Wynot Williams; set. Hallo well. Issue: (1) 


V. Rebecca Doxsee, m. Jacob Shortt; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 

(1) Martha, (2) John, (3) Sarah, (4) Keziah, (5) Angeline, (6) 
Amy, (7) Charlotte, (8) Ida B., (9) Zffla, (10) Catherine, (11) 
Eliza, (12) William and (13) Emily. 

VI. Catherine Doxsee, m. Paul Trumpour; set. Hillier. Issue : (1) 

Richard, (2) Sylvanus, (3) Paul, (4) William, (5) Samuel, (6) 
Joseph, (7) John, (8) Sarah and (9) Rebecca. The father d. 
aged 76 yrs. 

VII. Ann Doxsee, m. John Lambert ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 
(1) Samuel. The mother d. 1832, aged 34 yrs. 

VIII. Martha Doxsee, m. Wm. Henry Rowe; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Benjamin, (2) Archelaus and (3) Ann. 

IX. Ann Doxsee, m. William Southard ; set. Hallowell. Issue : 
(1) William, (2) John, (3) Henry, (4) Archelaus, (5) Catherine. 
The mother d. 1819, aged 44 yrs. 

See II. The Archelaus Doxsee Branch : 

(1) Mary Doxsee, d. y. 

(2) Jemima Doxsee, m. Mr. Weeks. 

(3) Martha Doxsee, m. William Holcomb ; set. Michigan. 

(4) Melcinda Doxsee, m. Hiram Waite ; set. Ontario County. 

(5) Daniel Doxsee, m. Susan Chapman ; set. Northumberland. 

(6) John Doxsee, m. Olive Tanner ; set. Northumberland. 

(7) Benjamin Doxsee, m. Sarah H. A. Post ; set. Campbellford. 

Issue : (a) John W., (6) Sarah E., (c) Sophronia A., (d) 
Jessie H., (e) Jay W., (/) Geo. W. Doxsee, m. Lenora 
Stanford ; set. Toronto. (Issue : George Edward, Ida, 
Grace and Mabel Leonora); and (g) Edith Doxsee. 


(8) Hiram Doxsee, m. 1st, Rosaline Woodbeck, and 2nd, 

Phoebe J. Sharp ; set. Northumberland. 

(9) Sarah J. Doxsee, m. William Rodman ; set. Port Perry. 
See III. The Sylvanus Doxsee Branch : 

(1) Adam Kurtz Doxsee, m. 1st, Avon Parks, and 2nd, Mary 

Dingman ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : By 1st, (a) 
Phoebe A. Doxsee, m. William Grooms ; set. Nap'anee. 
(Issue : Albert, Menzo, Edith, and Adelbert.) (6) Marshall 
B. Doxsee, m. Margaret J. Black ; set. Sophiasburgh. No 
issue, (c) Sarah E. Doxsee, m. William R. Dingman ; 
set. Alberta. Issue : Estella, (m. Alfred E. Wilcox. 
Issue : Muriel, Marguerite, Alfred, Lester, Louisa, Daisy 
G., and Blake,) William, and Florence, (m. Sherman Fox. 
Issue : Erroll.) (d) Charlotte A. Doxsee, m. Merritt 
Baker ; set. Sophiasburgh. No issue. And by 2nd, (e) 
John L. Doxsee, m. Frances Tillotson. Issue : Pearl, m. 
Ernest Hubbs ; set. Sophiasburgh. (Issue : Harry H., 
and M. Violet,) Maude, Leah, Blanche Curtis, Clema, and 
Frances, (/) Jasper D. Doxsee, unm., at homestead, (g) 
Hannah D. Doxsee, m. John D. Pearsoll ; set. Sophias- 
burgh. (Issue : Glady)s, and (h) Susannah Doxsee, unm., 
at home. 

(2) Elizabeth Doxsee, m. Simon Cole ; set. Big Island. 

(3) Samuel Doxsee, m. Catherine Howell ; set. Sophiasburg. 

(4) William Doxsee. m. Susan DeMille ; set. Lonsdale. 

(5) Mary Doxsee, m. James Lazier ; set. Lonsdale. 

(6) Sarah Doxsee, m. John Lazier ; set. Belleville. 

(7) John Doxsee, m, Susan Garrison ; set. Napanee. 

> Wesley Doxsee, m. Phoebe Mastin ; set. Syracuse, N.Y. 
Rev. Archelaus Doxsee, m. Alma VanDusen ; set. Belle- 
ville. Isssue : (a) Arnold S., (6) Horace E. A., (c) 
Maude M., (d) James Egerton R., (e) William M., and 
(/) Leigh A. 


An old family in Thurlow, is the Denyes family, descended 
from Jacob Denyes. The present generation is largely found in 


the townships of Thurlow and Sidney, including the city of 

Jacob Denyes, was a native of Lennox, but came as a young 
man to the county of Hastings, and settled in the township of 
Thurlow, where he became a successful farmer and a highly 
respected citizen. His children, in their turn, sustained themselves 
as worthy and representative members of the community ; and, 
through intermarriage, the Denyes family has become connected 
with many other families of the Bay of Quinte District. 

Jacob Denyes married Sarah, daughter of John Lake, the 
Sidney pioneer. Mr. Denyes for years took an active and intelli- 
gent interest in the affairs of the community, and both he and his 
faithful wife, made every effort to afford their children the 
benefits of Christian training and careful education. 

Philip Denyes, ninth child and fourth son of Jacob Denyes, is 
a successful and highly respected farmer, formerly of Thurlow, but 
now a resident of Sidney township. He married fir st, Ida Reed 
and second, Rilla Jones. The family belong to the Methodist 
Church. Although of retiring disposition, Mr. Denyes is a model 
citizen, and interested in everything that makes for the betterment 
of the community. 



I. Maria Denyes, m. Ammon Merritt ; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 

Blanche and (2) Charles. 

II. Phoebe Denyes, m. 1st, Baltis Barragar,and 2nd, WadeBritton, 

Issue: by 1st, (1) Bert. 

III. Wesley Denyes, m. Martha Riggs ; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) 
Jay, (2) May and (3) Clayton. 

IV. Elizabeth Denyes, m. Ashael Vermilyea; set. Sidney. Issue: 

fl) Frankie, (d. y.), (2) Sidney W., (3) Clement H. and (4), 
Albert W. (d. y.). 

V. Julia A. Denyes, m. William Scott ; set. Belleville. Issue: (1) 

Carrie, (2) Row, (3) Frederick and (4) Augusta. 

VI. Delphine Denyes, m. William Beringer; set. Belleville. Issue: 

(1) a dau. d. y. 


VII. Martin Denyes, m. Melissa Pake; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1), 
James, (2) Elizabeth, (3) Nettie, (4) Lazetta and (5) Delphine. 

VIII. Robert Denyes, m. and set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) Maud and 
3 others. 

IX. Philip Denyes, m. 1st, Ida Reed and 2nd, Rilla Jones; set. 
Thurlow and finally Sidney. Issue : by 1st, (1) Ethel and 
(2) Fred. 

X. Hannah Denyes, m. William Bundy ; set. Claremont. Issue : 

(1) Jay and (2) Egbert. 


For many details concerning this old and highly respected 
family we are indebted to the recollection of Mrs. Samuel Dafoe, 
(nee Margaret Lorrie, the mother of Mr. John R. Dafoe, of Napanee) 
who can still recall, at least as hearing from the lips of older 
people, many of the most strange experiences and peculiar hard- 
ships incident to the pioneer life on the Bay of Quinte. It seems 
to us, now, of small importance that the settlers had to make their 
way in canoes and sometimes on foot, from their farms to Kingston, 
and that a long journey of fifty or sixty miles would often be 
required to obtain the merest necessaries for the comfort, or even 
maintenance of their families ; but we forget that the father was 
frequently compelled to leave his wife and helpless children 
exposed to and entirely without protection from the chance depre- 
dations of savage men and beasts. Moreover the anxious wife 
could not hope to learn any tidings of her husband until his return. 
So scant was communication between Kingston and the outlying 
country, that during the cholera epidemic, it was not unheard of, 
: lers from Lennox or Prince Edward, visiting Kingston, 
icken with the disease, died within an hour, and were 
ly buried without any effort being made to learn their identity 
notify their families of the fate that had overtaken them. 
Richard Dafoe may be regarded as the pioneer of the Dafoe 
y. He married Emma Rikley, and had nine children, to wit, 
John, Abraham, Samuel, Daniel, William, Caleb, Mary, Rachael 
ami Elizabeth. 


His daughter Mary, married Manuel Northrup. Their son 
Anson, was Clerk of the Court, and Deputy Crown Clerk for the 
county of Hastings ; and their grandson, William B. Northrup, 
M.P., sits for East Hastings in the Dominion Parliament. Daniel 
Dafoe married Elizabeth Embury, whose father was probably the 
first settler in the neighborhood of Richmond. 

John Raymond Dafoe, son of Samuel, grandson of Daniel 
Dafoe, and great-grandson of the pioneer, has operated a large 
grain, flour and milling business for some years past, at Napanee. 
By his wife, Eliza Kennedy, he has three children : Edith, Arthur 
and Ross, who reside at home. 

Mr. Dafoe is a member of the Methodist Church, and of the 
Liberal Conservative party; he also belongs to the I.O.O.F. He is 
an enthusiastic sportsman, being equally at home in duck shooting 
upon the Bay of Quinte, or in pursuing deer or larger game in the 
Northern wilds. 




I. Samuel Dafoe, d. May 16, 1901; m. Margaret Lorie. Issue: 

(1) Albert Dafoe, m. 1st, Mary Marshall and 2nd, Helen Detlor. 
Issue : by 1st, (a) May, (6) Ethel, (c) Elmer, (d) Edna, and by 
2nd, (e) Elsie. (2) John Raymond Dafoe, m. Eliza Kennedy ; 
set. Napanee. Issue : (a) Edith, (b) Arthur and (c) Ross. (3) 
R. Byron Dafoe, unm.; set. Napanee. He is engaged in the 
milling business with his brother, John R. 

II. William Dafoe, m. Elizabeth Spencer ; set. Michigan. 

III. John Dafoe, m. Amelia Roblin. 

IV. David Dafoe, m. Cyntha Cassidy ; set. Richmond. 

V. Nelson Dafoe, m, Eleanor Spencer ; set. Alma. 

VI. Matilda Dafoe, m. William Foote ; set. Richmond. 

VII. Elizabeth Dafoe, m. Jean Pappineau ; set. United States. 

VIII. Mary Dafoe, m. Frank Ranis ; set. Deseronto. 


William Davidson was born near Belfast, Ireland, in 1806. 
On November 12th, 1829, he married Elizabeth Ann Hill; and in 
1830 they emigrated to Canada, settling in Prince Edward County. 
Here they lived for nearly twenty years, and raised a family of 
twelve children. The family afterwards removed to Brighton 
Township. William Davidson was an industrious, first-class 
citizen, and much respected. His wife died in 1871, aged sixty- 
one, while he died in 1877, aged seventy-one. 

Adam Davidson was born near Roblin's Mills, September 
22nd, 1836. His boyhood was passed in Prince Edward and 
near Brighton. As his father had a large family, Adam Davidson, 
early shifted for himself. He rented a farm in Brighton, and at 
the end of four years, by industry and economy, he saved enough 
with which to purchase fifty acres of land, which he later sold, 
and then purchased one hundred acres. He married Eliza A. 
Pake, July 12th, 1870. She is a descendant of the old United 
Empire Loyalist, of Prince Edward, of that name. 

Mr. Davidson was a very successful farmer, and was possessed 
of excellent judgment and good executive ability. He followed 
farming for twenty-six years, when he sold his farm and 
purchased a home in Frankford. Enjoying a modest competence, 
the fruition of his own labors and frugality, Mr. Davidson is a 
leading citizen of the village. He takes an active part in the 
Methodist church, of which he is a trustee and steward. In 
politics, he is a Conservative. 



I. William M. Davidson, m. Susan Brock ; set. Cramahe. Issue: 

Frances, (2) Elizabeth, and (3) Harriet. 

II. Francis Davidson, m. Margaret Richmond ; set. Brighton. 

Issue : (1) Lizzie, (2) Ida, and (3) David R. 

III. Jane Davidson, m. Isaac May bee ; set. Murray. Issue : (1) 
Ahmley, (2) Byron, and (3) Sarah E. 

I V. Adam Davidson, m. Eliza A. Pake ; set. Frankford. No issue. 


V. Elizabeth Davidson, m. Samuel May bee ; set. Brighton. Issue : 
(l)Joel, (2) Rachael A., (3) Victoria, (4) Eliza, (5) Nettie, 
and (6) Wesley. 

VI. James A. Davidson, m. Prudence Stone ; set. Brighton. 
Issue : (1) Ernest, (2) Ethel, and (3) Walter. 

VII. George H. Davidson, m. Jennie Morrow ; set. Brighton. 
Issue : (1) Wellington. 

VIII. David A. Davidson, m. Euphemia Morrow ; set. Brighton. 
Issue : (1) Lizzie. 

IX. John W. Davidson, d. y. 

X. Mary A. Davidson, m. James Taylor ; set. Brighton. No issue. 

XI. Nancy V. Davidson, m. Greer Jones ; set. Brighton. Issue : 
(1) Minnie, and (2) William. 

XII. Wellington R. Davidson, d. unm. 


The following account of the founder of the Diamond family 
in Canada, is quoted from Dr. CannifFs History of the Settlement 
of Upper Canada. 

" John Diamond, was born in Albany with several brothers. 
An elder brother was drafted, but he tried to escape from a service 
that was distasteful to him; was concealed for sometime, and upon 
a sick bed. The visits of the doctor led to suspicion, and the 
house was visited by the rebels. Although he had been placed in 
a bed, and the clothes so arranged that, as was thought, his 
presence would not be detected ; his breathing betrayed him. 
They at once required his father to give a bond for $1,200, that 
his son should not be removed while sick. He got well, and some- 
time after again sought to escape, but was caught and handcuffed 
to another. Being removed from one place to another, the two 
prisoners managed to knock their guard on the head, and ran for 
life through the woods, united together. One would sometimes 
run on one side of a sapling and the other on the opposite side. 
At night they managed to rub their handcuffs off, and finally 
escaped to Canada. Of the other brothers, two were carried off by 
rebels and never more heard of. John was taken to the rebel army 


when old enough to do service. But he also escaped to Canada, 
and enlisted in Roger's Battalion, with which he did service until 
the . i the War, when he settled with the Company at 

Frederi c k sburgh. " 

John Diamond, the pioneer, ultimately settled on the south 
shore of Hay Bay; and by his wife, a Miss Loyst, of Philadelphia, 
had four children. His eldest son and namesake bore a distin- 
guished part in the War of 1812; and his grandson, Wellington 
Jeffers Diamond, the well known barrister, now resident in 
Belleville, is a veteran who saw active service in the Fenian Raid 
of 1866. 

John Diamond, the son of our Canadian pioneer, married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Robert Jeffers, and lived until 1888, 
when he died at the advanced age of ninety-three. His son, 
Wellington Jeffers, came from his father's farm to the Grammar 
School of Belleville about 1854, and subsequently attended Albert 
Seminary, now Albert College. After a year or two spent in 
teaching school, he began the study of law, under the guidance of 
the legal firm of Dean & Diamond. He was associated for years 
in the practice of law with his brother, Abraham Diamond, the 
late Police Magistrate of Belleville, but has continued the practice 
alone since the latter's death in 1880. He was Mayor of Belleville 
in 1881), and for about fifteen years served as alderman. He has 
been secretary and treasurer of the Board of Education since 1881. 
He is secretary of Eureka Lodge, A.F. and A.M. He is also 
secretary of the Hastings Law Library Association, and secretary 
and treasurer of the Belleville Horticultural Society since its 
organization. In politics, he is a Liberal-Conservative. His church 
home is the Bridge Street Methodist Church, and he is a member 
of the official board. Wellington Jeffers Diamond is thoroughly 

(1 in the history of the United Empire Loyalists, and while 

luilly of a modest and retiring disposition, takes a pardonable 
pride in his distinguished ancestry. 


I. John Diamond, b. 1795 ; d. 1888 ; m. Elizabeth Jetfers; b. 


1804, d. 1876; set. Hay Bay. Issue: (1) Robert, (2) Abraham, 
(3) John M., (4) Anna, (5) Wellington Jeffers, (6) Eliza, and 
(7) William Thomas. 

II. Abraham Diamond, m. Eleanor Hough ; set. Hay Bay. 

III. William F. Diamond, m. Rebecca Thompson ; set. Hay Bay. 

IV. Margaret Diamond, m. Daniel Pringle ; set. Belleville. Issue : 
(1) John D, (2) Andrew Nelson, (3) Charles, (4) David, (5) 
Mary Ann, (6) Sarah, and (7) Margaret. 

See I. The John Diamond Branch : 

(1) Robert Diamond, d. y. 

(2) Abraham Diamond, m. Louisa Coleman ; set. Belleville. 

Issue : (a) Alice, (6) Albert, (c) Charles, (d) John, (e) 
Mary, (/) Matilda, (g) Agnes, and (h) Clara. 

(3) John M. Diamond, m. Sophia Sager ; set. Thurlow. 

Issue : (a) Anna, (6) Emma, (c) Helen, (d) John, (e) 
Wellington, (/) Cassie, and (g) Lillie. 

(4) Anna Diamond, m. Ryerson Sills ; set. Fredericksburgh. 

Issue : (a) John. 

(5) Wellington Jeffers Diamond, m. Anne M. Lyon ; set. 

Belleville. Issue : (a) Fred Davey, (m. Mary Elizabeth 
Clarke ; set. Belleville. Issue : Wellington Clarke, b. 
1902), and (b) Elva May, unm. 

(6) Eliza Diamond, m. George N. Ridley ; set. Belleville. 

Issue : (a) Elizabeth, (b) Wellington, (c) Charles, (d) 
George, (e) Ernest, (/) Alfred, (g) Clara, and (h) Ida. 

(7) William Thomas Diamond, unm.; set. Belleville. 

See IV. The Margaret Diamond Branch : 

(1) John D. Pringle, m. and set. Chicago. 

(2) Andrew Nelson Pringle, m. Jane Huff; set. Belleville. 

Issue : (a) Margaret Maria Pringle, m. Robert Bogle ; 
set. Belleville, (6) John Nelson Pringle, m. 1st, Jane 
Elvins, and 2nd, Julia Elvins ; set. Belleville. (Issue : 
By 1st, Clara Isabel,) (c) Charles Erastus Pringle, d. 
unm., (d) William Allen Pringle, m. Jemima Ferguson ; 
set. Belleville. (Issue : Gertrude, Stanley, Annie, and 
Robert,) (e) Annie Eliza Pringle, m. Robert Bogle ; set. 


!'< lleville, (/) Henry Pringle, m. Martha Furnival ; srt. 
Belleville. Issue: Angus F., and Harriet M. 
(o) Charles Pringle, m. and set. United States. 

(4) David Pringle, m. and set. New York. 

(5) Mary Ann Pringle, m. James Baker ; set. Belleville. 

(6) Sal-all Pringle, m. Jacob Dulmage ; set. Belleville. 

(7) Margaret Pringle, m. James Baker ; set. Belleville. 


The marriage of James Daly with Ann Shibley in July, 1854, 
united two families of historic interest and loyal tradition; and 
their descendants may boast of a lineal descent from no less than 
four prominent United Empire Loyalists, to wit, Captain Peter 
Daly, Major John Everett, John Shibley and Barnabas Day; all of 
whom contributed in a marked degree to the exploration, growth 
and settlement of the Bay of Quinte district. These four families 
in turn have intermarried with the Purdys, the Grasses, the 
Wartmans of Frontenac, and with many of the prominent old fami- 
lies of Lennox and Hastings; thus demonstrating again how closely 
united, even as one great family clan, are the descendants of the 
true United Empire Loyalists, who carved from the then western 
wilds of Canada, the present fair and mighty province of Ontario. 

The Dalys, indeed, trace their ancestral line through genera- 
tions of true British valor; but the historian of Canada is chiefly 
interested in the life history of Captain Peter Daly, who entered 
the Royal ranks, as a mere lad, at the outbreak of the war of the 
American Revolution. His father, also Peter Daly, was a Captain 
in the British army, and prior to the breaking out hostilities he 
had been stationed with his regiment in what was then the British 
of New York. Thence he was recalled to Ireland, but 
he no doubt foresaw the inevitable break between the colonies and 
Motherland and assumed that his command (familiar with the 
future field of struggle) would before long be returned for service 

< Western world. He, therefore, committed his son, Peter, 
a mere lad, to the kindly protection of a Mr. Vrooman, a 

ihy bachelor, residing in New York, who had repeatedly 


declared his intention of making young Peter Daly the sole heir of 
his vast estates. 

Very shortly after his return to Ireland, Captain Daly was 
mortally wounded in a duel ; and his son remained with Mr. 
Vrooman until the outbreak of the Revolution. At that time he 
was an impulsive, high spirited boy, filled with the loyal impluses 
and the martial spirit of his ancestors ; and without delay he 
joined a regiment and embarked upon a long career of brilliant 
service as a soldier of the King. He fought at Fort Ticonderaga; 
he harassed General Arnold (then loyal to the colonies) in the 
campaign that begun at Lake Ghamplain and ended with the 
latter's disorderly retreat from the assault upon Quebec. So 
gallantly did Peter Daly conduct himself, that he rose in spite of 
his extreme youth to the rank of Captain, and successfully 
assisted in taking by assault three well defended positions in a 
single night. 

When peace was at last declared, Captain Daly at once made 
his way to the head waters of the St. Lawrence. His high rank 
and distinguished service entitled him to share in the Royal 
grant, and he soon settled upon his farm in the second concession 
of Ernesttown, between Mill Haven and Bath; and, like another 
Cincinnatus, transformed his sword into a ploughshare and 
became a successful farmer and leading citizen of the new born 
colony. He never revisited New York, and apparently made no 
effort to regain the inheritance that, without hesitation, he had 
sacrificed to his intrepid loyalty. He died February llth, 1832. 

His son, Lewis Daly, married Mercy, daughter of Major John 
Everett, a distinguished officer and loyalist, who drew lot No. 7 in 
the first concession of the first township in the Bay of Quinte 
District. Their son, James Daly, Esq., is still living at Napanee, 
where for some twenty years he has held the position of Police 
Magistrate. He married Ann Shibley, a lineal descendant of the 
United Empire Loyalist, John Shibley, and of Barnabus Day, 
the lieutenant of Captain Michael Grass, who drew lots 4 and 5, as 
Major Everett drew lot 7, in the 1st concession of Kingston. 

James Daly, by his first wife, Ann Shibley, had four children, 
as shown by the table annexed. His only surviving son, Oscar 
Willmott Daly, D.D.S., is a prominent dentist of the city of 


Kingston. He was educated at the Newburgh Academy; and 
receive. 1 the degree of D.D.S. from the Royal College of Dental 
Suri: 1891. He then took a post-graduate course at Ann 

Arbor after receiving his degree from the University of Michigan 
in 1892. He resides at Kingston, where he enjoys a lucrative 
practice ; and lie has collected and preserved considerable data of 
historic interest concerning the distinguished makers of Ontario 
from whom he is descended. 



I. Philip Daly, in. Miss Booth ; set. Ernesttown. Issue : (1) 

Absalom, (2) Ellen, (3) Peter, (4) Delia, and (5) Charles. 

II. David Daly, m. Miss Thomas ; set. Cataraqui. Issue : (1) 
Mrs. Guyrus Smith, (2) Lewis Daly, (3) Adelaine, (4) Charles, 
(5) Emmeline, m. Thomas Purdy, and (6) Eliza, m. Norman 

III. Lewis Daly, m. Mercy Everett ; set. Storrington. Issue : (1) 
John, (2) James, (3) Ann, (4) Charlotte, (5) Caroline, (6) 
George, (7) Florella, and (8) Justus. 

IV. Susan Daly, m. Mr. Eakins. Issue : (1) Peter, and (2) a 
dau., m. William Stone ; set. Oswego, N.Y. 

V. Rachael Daly, m. Asal Rockwell. Issue : (1) W. C. Rockwell, 
m. Maria Perry ; set. Napanee, (2) Mary Rockwell, m. Calvin 
Shibley ; set. Harrowsmith. 

VI. Catherine Daly, m. Jacob Shibley, M.P.P. Issue : (1) John, 
(2) Emily, (3) Jane, (4) Charles, and (5) Ellen. 

VII. Polly Daly, m. Mr. Booth. 

VIII. George Daly, m. Eliza Vrooman. 

IX. Diaries Daly. 

' The Philip Daly Branch : 

(5) Charles Daly, m. Miss Lee. Issue : (a) Eleanor, m. H. 
Wills; set. Belleville, (6) Philip, (c) Annie, unm.: 
Kingston, (d) Simcoe, m. and set. St. Catharines, (e) 
Marion, m. Rev. Spencer, (/) Geraldine, unm.; set. 



Montreal, (g) Claradion, unm.; set. Kingston, and (h) 

See III. The Lewis Daly Branch : 

(1) John Daly, m. Harriet Brown. Issue : (a) Charles and 

(6) James. 

(2) James Daly, rri. Ann Shibley. Issue : (a) Stewart L. 

Daly, (deceased) m. Carrie Bogart; set. Napanee. Issue: 
Catherine. (6) Annie F. Daly, m. Captain Theodore 
Wroughton; set. Dawson City. No issue, (c) Frances 
A. Daly, m. Major Zachary T. Wood, Commandant, 
Dawson City. Issue : Stewart and John, (d) Oscar W. 
Daly, D.D.S., unm.; set. Kingston. 

(3) Ann Daly, m. John Perry. 

(4) Charlotte Daly. 

(5) Caroline Daly, m. D. Hooper ; set. Napanee. 

(6) George Daly, deceased. 

(7) Florella Daly, m. Dr. Coleman; set. Sidney. 

(8) Justus Daly, m. Elizabeth Day. 



I. Jacob Shibley, m. Catherine Daly. 

II. Jane Shibley, m. Conrod Huffman. Issue : (1) John S., (2) 
Eliza, (3) Minerva, (4) George, (5) Robert McDowall, (6) 
Henry, (7) Margaret, (8) Catherine, (9) James Conrod, (10) 
Maria, (11) Charles Willard, and (12) Lucretia. 

III. John Shibley, m. Irene Fralick. Issue : (1) Ira, (2) Jessie, 
(3) Edmund, (4) Catherine, (5) Jacob, (6) Calvin, (7) Harriet, 
(8) Mary Ann, and (9) Jane. 

IV. Henry Shibley, m. Charlotte Day ; set. Portland. Issue : 
(1) Rhoda, (2)Schuyler, (3) Charlotte, (4) John A., (5) Henry, 
(6) Emily, (7) Catherine A., (8) Eliza, (9) Jennie, and (10) 

V. David Shibley, m. and had issue : (1) Eliza, (2) Caroline, and 

(3) William. 

VI. Peggy Shibley, d. unm. 


VII. Polly Shibley, m. Mr. Rouse. 

VIII. Cynthia Shibley, m. Mr. Baird. 

IX. Shibley, m. Joseph Currey. Issue : (1) Henry, (2) 
, and (3) John. 


See IV. The Henry Shibley Branch : 

( 1 ) Rhoda Shibley, m. Peter Wartman ; set. Kingston town- 

ship. Issue : (a) Schuyler, m. Miss Clancy, (6) Henry, 
in. Miss Ormsby, (c) Calvin, m. Annie McCim ; set. 
nanee, (d) Emma, m. Mr. Fraser ; set. Michigan, and 
(e) Courtland, m. Emma Leonard ; set. Napanee. 

(2) Schuyler Shibley, M.P., m. Mary Ann Green; set. finally 

Kingston. Issue : (a) Torrence, (6) Charlotte, (c) Lottie, 
(d) Harry, (e) Georgie, (/) Maude, (g) Selwin, (h) Laura, 
(i) Arthur, and (j) Edith, m. Archdeacon Carey. 
(S) Charlotte Shibley, m. George R. Miller; set. Tarn worth. 
Issue : (a) Agnes, (6) William H., (c) George L., and (d) 

(4) John A. Shibley, m. 1st, Miss Sharp, and 2nd, Miss Guess. 

Issue : By 1st, (a) John, and (6) Nettie. 

(5) Henry Shibley, m. Jane Herchemer ; set. Harrowsmith. 

Issue : (a) Laura. 
Emily Shibley, m. Rev. Mr. Lochead. No. issue. 

(7) Catherine Ann Shibley, m. James Daly, Esq., Police 

Magistrate ; set. Napanee. 

(8) Eliza Shibley, m. James Herchemer ; set. Tarn worth. 

Issue : (a) John, and (6) Jennie. 
Jane Shibley, m. Peter Miller ; set. Napanee. Issue : (a) 

Ida, m. Hamilton Armstrong, (6) Maude, m. James 

Holden, (c) Sarah, m. Rev. Dr. Tucker, and (d) Agnes, 

in. William Wilson. 
> Absalom Shibley, m. Catherine Purdy. Issue : (a) 

Ida, m. John J. Leslie, and (6) John H., m. Margaret 


"time about the year 1778, Henry David and his wife, 


Elizabeth Keiza, came to Canada, from Germany. Like so many 
others, their first stop was at Quebec, where they remained but a 
short time, and then proceeded west. While at Kingston, they 
determined to locate in Prince Edward County, and took up land 
in what is now North Marysburg. 

Some years later, Henry David, who had followed the sea in 
his early days, settled his affairs and started on a visit to Germany ; 
but the vessel in which he sailed was lost, with all on board. Not 
hearing any news of him, his wife concluded he was dead, and 
married John Nicholas Cragle. 

Henry David had but one son, Conrad, who was born in 1778. 
In 1811, he married Mary Cole, and they reared a family of nine 
children. The first church services of any kind, in the district, 
were held in the house of Conrad David, or in that of his neighbor, 
Colonel Allen. The Rev. Job Deacon, a Church of England clergy - 
,man from Adolphustown, conducted the services, and during the 
winter months had to make the journey on horseback. Conrad 
David gave the land for the first church, which, later, was the 
site for the present edifice. He was one of the best farmers of his 
day, and owned not only the first team of horses, but the first 
waggon in North Marysburg. The latter he sold to another old 
pioneer, Edward Hicks. 

Henry B. David, a grandson of the pioneer, at the advanced 
age of ninety-two years, still resides in Picton. He well remembers 
his first teacher, William Green, a neighbor who opened a night 
school in North Marysburg, where the curriculum was extremely 
limited. The first day school in North Marysburg was taught by 
a man named English, who " boarded round " among the parents 
of his pupils. 

The descendants of Conrad David settled mainly in Prince 
Edward County, and, especially, in North Marysburg. A son, 
Peter, was twice married, his second wife being Sarah Clapp. Peter 
David was born in North Marysburgh, in 1815, just ten days 
before the Battle of Waterloo. He soon acquired lands, and, before 
his first marriage, owned a part of the farm now in the possession 
of his children. He kept adding to his holdings until he had a 
farm of more than two hundred and fifty acres, beautifully situated 

North Marysburg 


by the Bay shore of North Marysburgh, and commanding a view 
of Adolphustown, Bath Island and other attractive spots along the 
Bay of Quinte. He was a capable business man, a good neighbor 
and 'd in the progress of the community, but he did not 

aspire to, nor accept any public office. He died in 1884, at the age 
of seventy ; his widow survived him until 1891. His son, Conrad, 
and daughters, Lavantha, Cynthia and Maud reside upon the old 
homestead. They are among the best people in Prince Edward 
County, and their homestead cannot be excelled, either as a pro- 
ductive farm or as an attractive residence. 

Allan David, the youngest son of Conrad, died unmarried in 
California. The next youngest of the family was Mark David, 
who married Eliza Kerr, and settled in North Marysburg ; his 
widow and children now reside in Picton. Mrs. David was a 
daughter of Andrew Kerr, who came from Paisley, Scotland, about 
1834. He lived in Kingston for eight years before settling in 
Prince Edward County. He married a Mrs. Campbell, whom he 
first met on board the ship coming over ; she was married at that 
time, but her husband died soon after. 

Mr. Kerr was a weaver by trade, but took up land and 
became in time an excellent farmer. In 1834 he removed to 
North Marysburg, where he opened a store and obtained the 
position of Postmaster. He died in 1845, at the age of sixty-two; 
his widow survived him for nearly forty years. 



1. ( 'onnul David, m. Mary Cole; set. N. Marysburg. Issue; (1) 
Hrmy B., (2) Peter, (3) John, (4) Miranda, (5) George W., 
(6) Mary, (7) Emmeline, (8) Mark and (9) Allen. 

I. Tfte Conrad David Branch: 

(1) Henry B. David, m. Martha Carson ; set. N. Marysburg. 
Issue : (a) Caroline David, in. Thomas Kerr. (b) Martha 
David, m. Thomas Harkness; set. Middlesex, (c) Gladys 
David, unm.; set. Picton. (d) Alfred David, M. I)., in. Jane 


Russell; set. Detroit, (e) Redford David, m. Mahala 
Clapp; set. Syracuse. (/) Sanford David, d. y. (g) 
Cynthia David, died unmarried. 

(2) Peter David, m. 1st, Lillias Carson and 2nd, Sarah Clapp; 

set. N. Marysburg. Issue: by 1st, (a) Lillias David, m. 
Rev. Dr. W. Shepherd, Supt. of Muncey Indian Institute. 
Issue: Belva, Morley and Eva; and by 2nd, (6) Egerton C. 
David, M.D., m. Anna M. Carson; set. U.S. and finally 
Prince Edward Co.; no issue, (c) Conrad David, unm.; 
set. on old homestead on Bay Shore, (d) John David, 
died young, (e) Ellen David, died young. (/)Lavanta 
David. (g) Cynthia David, unm. (h) Maud David, unm.; 
the last two set. on old homestead on Bay Shore. 

(3) John David, m. Gladys Hodge ; set. on old homestead in 

N. Marysburg. Issue : (a) Mary David, m. G. Nelson 
Rose ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : Carrie, Rodney, Her- 
bert, Alice and Leah. (6) Conrad David, d. in infancy. 

(c) Eddie David, d. in infancy, (d) Richard S. David, 
m. Jane Kerr; set. Picton. Issue: Luella, Hattie and 
Harry H. 

(4) Miranda David, m. Edward Lalanne ; set. N. Marysburg. 

No issue. 

(5) George W. David, m. Lucinda Tobey; set. Owen Sound. 

Issue: (a) Miranda David, m. Mr. Lee; set. Owen Sound. 

(6) Mary David, m. Peter Minaker; set. N. Marysburg. Issue: 

(a) Edward Minaker, m. and set. Haliburton. 

(7) Emmeline David, unm.; set. N. Marysburg. 

(8) Mark David, m. Eliza Kerr; set. N. Marysburg. Issue: 

(a) James David, m. and set. Minden. (b) Janet David, 
unm.; set. Picton. (c) Jessie David, unm.; set. Picton. 

(d) Mary E. David, unm.; set. Picton, (e) Edith David, 
d. unm. (/) Margaret David, unm.; set. Picton. (g) 
William David, unm.; set. Picton. (h) Thomas David, 
unm.; set. Kingston, (i) Emma David, d. young. 

(9) Allan David, unm.; set. California. 



I. Walter Korr, b. 1823; d. 1847. 

II. Jamrs Kerr, b. 1825, m. Margaret Bcith, b. 1826 ; set. North 

urg. Issue: (1) Mary E.,(2) Jessie, (3) Isabella and 

(4) Archibald. 

III. William Kerr, b. 1825, m. Catherine McDonnell; set. North 

urgh. Issue: (1) Andrew, (2) Margaret, (3) Jane, (4) 
Helen, (5) John and (6) Janet, d. y. 

IV. Robert. Kerr, b. 1827, d. y. 

V. Andrew Kerr, b. 1831, m. Ann E. Bongard; set. North Marys- 
burg. Issue: (1) Walter, (2) David, (3) Annie and (4) 

VI. Thomas Kerr, b. 1833, m. Caroline David; set. North Marys- 

burg. Issue: (1) Ida, (2) Cynthia, (3) Victoria, (4) Thomas, 

(5) Janet and (6) Margaret. 

VII. Eliza Kerr, in. Mark David ; set. North Marysburg. 


Among the voters of the grand old township of Sidney appear 
the names of an even dozen of Davises, the descendants of Lewis 
Davis, who built his log cabin on the Front in the beginning of 
the nineteenth century. A hundred years have come and gone 
since that cabin was erected, and while the descendants of some of 
the earlier pioneers are few and widely scattered, those of Lewis 
the Davis are not only numerous in the old eighth town, in which 
their ancestor settled, but they are prosperous and influential. If 
Davis, who fell fighting at the battle of White Plains, could visit 
the many happy and comfortable homes of his posterity, knowing 
that the flag he died for floated peacefully and triumphantly over 
all, he would return to his place of rest feeling that his untimely 

h had not been in vain. 

Lewis Davis, the Sidney pioneer, was born in Dutchess County, 
York, in 1763, and was, therefore, only thirteen years old 

') the colonies threw off their allegiance. His father, who had 
d from Wales, joined the King's forces, and was killed at 


the battle of White Plains. Lewis married Miss Lawrence, 
daughter of Cornelius Lawrence, in Dutchess County, and there his 
first two or three children were born. Subsequently he married a 
Mrs. Palmer, in Canada, by whom he had one daughter, Loretta. 
In 1800 the family settled, first, at Fredericksburgh, but soon 
after, upon lot 34, Front of Sidney. He died in 1824, in his 61st 

Richard Davis, eldest son of the Pioneer, was born in Clinton, 
Dutchess County, in 1795, and married Margaret, daughter of 
Thomas Jones, and settled in Sidney. He was captain of a troop 
of Light Horse cavalry during the Rebellion, and was stationed, 
for a time, at Toronto. He was commissioned a Justice of the 
Peace by Sir George Cartier, and was one of Sidney's leading- 

The late Robert Davis, second son of Lewis Davis, was born 
in Dutchess County, N.Y., and was about four years old when the 
family came to Canada. ' He was but fifteen years old when the 
war of 1812 took place, but he promptly enlisted and served his 
adopted country through the entire trouble; and for his services 
received a pension up to the time of his death. In 1828, he pur- 
chased the south half of lot 24, concession 4, Sidney. At this 
time it was but a wilderness. He cut a small clearing, built a log 
house, and kept bachelor's hall for about a year before marrying 
Sarah Sharp. Her father, Gilbert Sharp, had moved from Hay 
Bay, purchasing and settling on the one hundred acres adjoining 
Robert Davis' farm. Here Robert Davis lived, cleared his farm, 
and raised his family. He took an active interest in everything 
for the advancement of the community. Especially was he a 
strong advocate for free schools, well remembering the difficulties 
that he experienced in acquiring his own education. He was a 
kind man, strictly honest, and fair in all his dealings, and a liberal 
contributor to the Church, and other deserving objects. 

James L. Davis, eldest son of the late Robert Davis, was born 
and reared on the home farm, and received a liberal education. 
The west forty acres of lot 24 came to him from his father, but, 
from family sentiment, he purchased the east forty of the same 
lot, as it had been the home of his mother and grandfather. 
James L. Davis has travelled extensively, and lived for some years 


in California. He now resides on the ancestral farm, and has 
practically retired from active business. 

s. Davis, (b. 1847) belongs to the fourth generation 
of tl i 3 Family, being a son of Lewis, grandson of Richard, 

and L >n of Lewis Davis, the pioneer. He attended the 

scho<< hiey, i n his youth, and has always been interested in 

farming, although within the past few years he has practically 
retired from business, having leased his two hundred acre farm 
where In- u;i$ born and brought up. Mr. Davis is a Conservative 
in politics, and belongs to the Methodist church. He is unmarried, 
a man of retiring disposition and a first-class citizen, He makes 
his home with his widowed sister, Mrs. Frances Zufelt, who has 
built a nice residence on the site of the old Richard Davis home- 
stead, a short distance from Belleville, on the Front of Sidney. 

At the death of Lewis Davis, Senior, his eldest son, Richard, 
by law, inherited all of his property ; but instead of retaining it, 
as he had a perfect right to do, he made an equal division of the 
property with his brothers and sisters, and (as it was extensive) 
left all of them in good circumstances; and they, and their 
posterity, are to-day among the well-to-do citizens of Sidney. 

Frances Davis April 4, 1881., married George A. Zufelt, a 
native of Dundas County, and of good old pioneer stock. They 
had one son, Raymond L., born March 21st, 1883, who is living at 
home unmarried. George A. Zufelt died in 1900 in his 49th, 
year. Mrs. Zufelt is a member of the Methodist church and lives 
at her pleasant home, which has been in the family for the past 
century, surrounded by relatives and friends. 



1. Richard Davis, b. Dutchess Co., N.Y., 1795, m. Margaret Jones ; 
Sidney. Issue: (1) Lewis, (2) George, (3) Nancy and 
Eliza. The father d. 1881; the mother d. 1836, aged 63 

II Davis, b. Dutchess Co., 1796, m. Sarah Sharp ; set. 

>ey. Issue: (1) James L., (2) Charles W., (:*) Augustus 


D., (4) Samuel A., (5) Cornelius A., (6) Charlotte, (7) Ruth E. 
and (8) Sophronia. The father d. 1882. 

III. Cornelius Davis, b. Dutchess Co., m. Sarah Farwell ; set. 
Sidney. Issue : (1) James N., (2) Farwell, (3) Wilberforce, 
(4) Peter, (5) Wesley, (6) Reuben, (7) Augusta and (8) 

IV. James Davis, b. Sidney, 1809, m. Mary Croy ; set. Iowa. 
Issue: (1) James, (2) Ellen and (3) Lotta. The father 
d. 1893. 

V. Charles Davis went to U.S., and trace of him has been lost. 

VI. John Davis, m. Jane McConnell ; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) 
Erastus, (2) Edward, (3) Thaddeus, (4) Alexander, (5) 
Jefferson, (6) Charlotte, (7) Abigail and (8) Henrietta. 

VII. Mary Davis, m. James McDonald ; set. Belleville. Her des- 
cendants are all in the United States. 

VIII. Hester Davis, m. John Morden ; set. Belleville. Issue: (1) 
George, (2) Cornelius, (3) Andrew, (4) Howard, (5) Edward, 
(6) Mary J., (7) Emily, (8) Margaret A. and (9) Lucy. 

IX. Charlotte Davis, m. Dorland Clapp ; set. Thurlow. Issue : 
(1) Lewis, (2) David, (3) John and (4) Hester. The mother 
d. 1898, aged 86 yrs. 

X. Loretta Davis, m. Nelson Reddict ; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 
Nelson, (2) George, (3) Henrietta and (4) Elizabeth. 

See I. The Richard Davis Branch: 

(1) Lewis Davis, m. Elizabeth Yates ; set. Sidney. Issue: (a) 

Maggie, (b) William S., (c) Frances and (d) Richard. 

(2) George Davis, m. Margaret McMichael; set. Sterling, 111. 

Issue : (a) Emma and (b) Ida. 

.(3) Nancy Davis, m. Henry Hagerman; set. Sidney. Issue: 
(a) Margaret A., (b) William W., (c) Richard D., (d) 
James L., (e) George A., (/) Harriet J., (g) Thomas B., 
(h) Tabitha L. V. and (i) Charles W. 

(4) Eliza Davis, m. Webster White, set. Sidney. Issue : (a) 
George, (6) Emma and (c) Clara. 

See II. The Robert Davis Branch : 

(1) James L. Davis, unm.; set. Sidney. 


(Carles W. Davis, m. Nancy Hogle; set. finally U. S. 
Issue : (a) Willunl. 
(3) Augustus D. Davis, unm. 

iiuel A. Davis, m. Janet Little; set. Sidney, no issue. 
lelius A. Davis. 
((>) < 'l.arlotte Davis, m. Charles Bleeker; set. Sidney, no 

(7) Ruth E. Davis, m. George Hall; set. Sidney, no issue. 

iironia Davis, m. Benson Simmons; set. Trenton. 
See III. The Cornelius Davis Branch : 

(1) James N. Davis, m. Elizabeth Snider: set. Sidney. Issue: 

> Cornelius. 

(2) Farwell Davis, m. Mary Longwell. 

(3) Wilberforce Davis, m. Charlotte Hicks, set. United States. 

(4) Peter Davis, unm. 

(5) Wesley, (6) Rueben, (7) Augusta and (8) Isabel; set. U.S. 
See VI. The John Davis Branch : 

( 1 ) Erastus D.avis, unm. 

(2) Edward Davis, m. Nellie Garbutt; set. Thurlow, no issue. 

(3) Thaddeus and (4) Alexander Davis, unm. 

(5) Jefferson Davis, m. Elsie Burton; set. Thurlow. Issue: 3. 

(6) Charlotte, (7) Abigail and (8) Henrietta, unm. 
See IX. The Charlotte Davis Branch : 

(1) Lewis Clapp, m. Elizabeth Haight; set. Sidney. Issue: 

(a) Kate, (6) Dorland and (c) Roxie. 

(2) David Clapp, m. Minnie Kotchopaw ; set; Thurlow. 
Issue : (a) Gilbert, (b) Ethel, (c) Irwin and (d) Clarence. 

John Clapp, m. Elizabeth Huntley ; set. Thurlow. Issue : 
(a) Charlotte, (b) Oscar, (c) Hetty, (d) Garfield and (e) 

Hester Clapp, m. Gilbert B. Thrasher ; set. Sidney. Issue : 
Georgina, (b) Lottie, (c) Joseph, (d) David, (e) 
Hester and (/) Georgia. 


The Denikes were originally French Huguenots; they em i- 
iirst to Holland and then to New York. During the 


Revolutionary War, the family divided ; but Andrew Denike served 
in the Royal Army, and at the close of the war received large 
grants of land in Kingston township, upon the site of the present 
village of Cataraqui. 

It does not appear that he cultivated this land ; for a time he 
sailed Lake Ontario as a master mariner, and then built and kept 
for some years a tavern in the town of Kingston. Subsequently, 
he settled upon lands in Fredericksburgh. He was born about 
1756, and married Catherine Bird, of New York, before coming to 
Canada. Many of his descendants live in Prince Edward County, 
and it would seem that Andrew Denike passed his last years in 
North Marysburg ; but he was engaged as a mariner, giving assis- 
tance to the royal forces as late as 1812. 

In this connection it may not be inappropriate to refer to an 
incident often quoted, concerning which there are many versions. 
Among his descendants, it is told, that, at Cape Vincent on some 
occasion, his ship was taken possession of by the United States 
Government, and Captain Denike himself put under guard ; and, 
that taking advantage of the intoxication of the guards, he 
regained control of his vessel during the night and sailed safely 
back to Canada, bringing his captors as captives with him. It 
is probable that the affair involved nothing more serious than 
some dispute about clearance papers or custom duties, and that 
there was no serious results therefrom ; but one version of this 
encounter describes it as having happened during the War of 1812, 
and represents the pioneer's eldest son, Samuel, as having died from 
wounds received in the conflict. It is true that Samuel Denike 
was killed while in service during the War, but whether under 
these circumstances or no, we are unable to state. 

Many heirlooms are in the possession of the Denike family, 
including a musket and powder horn captured by Andrew Denike 
during the War of 1812. 

The second son, Andrew Denike, who became the head of 
that branch of the family now residing in North Marysburg, was 
born in 1799. Of his family of ten children, nine are still living; 
and James L. Denike, the sixth of the family, still resides on the 
old homestead near Cressy Dock. Cressy Dock is itself the 
result of his enterprise, and greatly adds to the trade advantages 


of North Marysburg, as many boat lines make daily calls, 
inclu !(. & O." the "Bay of Quinte," "Montreal, Rochester 

and uid others. Bills of lading are issued at Cressy 

dock direct to the Old Country ports. 

: by, lives Charles A. Denike, Postmaster, and B. S. 
Dm IK both of whom have borne witness to the good example of 
an !: intelligent and industrious father, by prospering 

socially ami financially. Their several farms show the result of 
care and attention, are models of neatness and a credit to the 
community. James L. Denike having been out of the country for 
a matter of twelve years and travelled extensively, after acquiring 
both money and experience, returned to the home of his youth. 
His only son, James Albert Denike, is a Doctor of Dental Surgery. 
James L. Denike, while an enthusiastic farmer, is also an intelli- 
gent and successful fruit grower, being known in the region round 
about the Bay of Quinte, as the "Fruit King." His efforts as a 
grower of a variety of fruits are naturally watched and copied by 
others. He owns the Cressy dock, and is a generous public 
spirited citizen, always anxious to aid in any public enterprise. 

The medical profession would seem to have a peculiar charm 
and attraction for the Denike family; for besides James A. 
Denike, already mentioned, three other members of the family, 
to wit, George, Isaac and Andrew, (all of whom are cousins of 
James L.), have acquired reputations as physicians in their 
respective spheres. But the family has also furnished its quota 
of membership to the Church and to the Legislature. 

B. 8. Denike, of the well known Denike family, and seventh 
in tin- family of the North Marysburg Pioneer, is located on the 
Bay Side in North Marysburg. When Mr. Denike first settled on 
his land there were few things to be seen as they appear to-day. 
The tine trees enclosing and scattered over his lawn, though of a 
were all planted by himself, and through long years of 

ut toil, he worked for his ideal: clean and up-to-date surround - 
When he first began to hew a home for himself and family, 

]>lace was practically a wilderness. He has turned it into a 

He found disorder, dirt, and weeds ; he has, to-day, 

.inliness, flowers, fruit, and trees; so that, Willow Cove 

; is not only an ornament to Point Pleasant, but seems fairy- 


land to the weary city dweller. At the door is the ever breezy 
bay, with clean-cut shore, without swamp ; verdant lawns are 
here, shaded by a variety of choice trees ; deep, high, shady ver- 
andahs afford a cool retreat, from which the bay and the opposite 
shore of the main land can be viewed with comfort and pleasure. 

One can sit underneath the tall maples right by the water's 
edge and not be disturbed by a single black fly or mosquito ; he 
can take boat, hook and line, and trolling tackle, and within five 
minutes of leaving the broad verandah, be afloat over as choice 
fishing ground as is to be found in all America ; or he can drive 
down the bay side and up the lake side, as far as the " Rock," all 
the time on good gravel, and to the very water's edge. Which 
ever way the wind is, and there is always a breeze, it is cool, 
restful, and pleasant. 



I. Samuel Denike, killed in War of 1812. 

II. Andrew Denike, m. Catherine Smith; set. North Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Maria, (2) Jane, (3) Sarah, (4) Isaac, (5) John, (6) 
James L., (7) Benjamin, (8) Andrew, (9) Albert and (10) 

III. Anthony Denike ; set. S. Fredericksburgh. No issue. 

IV. Isaac Denike, m. Eva Wright; set. Hastings. Issue: (1) 
Elizabeth, b. 1824; (2) Andrew, b. 1826 ; d. 1898; (3) Jane 
A., b. 1828; d. 1828; (4) William, b. 1829; d. 1895; (5) 
Sarah, b. 1831; d. 1846; (6) Phoebe, (7) Rhoda, b. 1836; d. 
1836; (8) Isaac, b. 1838. (9) Solomon, b. 1839 and (10) 
Robert, b. 1841.. 

V. William Denike; set. United States. 

VI. Elizabeth Denike, m. Lucas Sharpe ; set. Ernesttowri. 

VII. Jane Denike, m. Samuel Howe ; set. Hastings County. 

VIII. Catherine Denike, m. John Benson ; set. Napanee. 

In addition to the above children, it is said that there 
were two daughters.; one of whom, (Mary) became Mrs. 
James Lane and settled at Wellington, while the other 
became Mrs. Ward, and settled at Stirling. 



See II. The Andrew Denike Branch: 

Maria Denike, d. without issue. 
(2) Jane Denike, m. Mr. Wentworth ; set. Massachusetts. 

Issue : (a) Hussey. 
I S ) Sarah Denike, m. Abner Caspew ; set. Massachusetts. 

(4) Isaac Denike, m. Susan Reynolds; set. Prince Edward 

County. Issue : (a) Jessie, (b) Lillie, (c) Emma and (d) 

(5) John Denike, m. Rhoda E. Williams ; set. Picton. 

(()) James L. Denike, m. Anna J. Kirby ; set. Cressy. Issue: 
> James A., D.D.S. 

(7) Benjamin S. Denike, m. Bertha Gibson; set. North 

Marysburg. Issue: (a) Jeffrey. 

(8) Andrew Denike, m. Grace H. Snider; set. North Marys- 

burg; no issue. 

(9) Albert Denike, unm., dental surgeon ; set. Binghampton, 


(10) Charles Denike, m. Annie VanDusen. 
See IV. The Isaac DeniJee Branch : 

(1) Elizabeth Denike, m. John McCutcheon ; set. Thurlow. 

(2) Andrew Denike, m. Delilah Snider ; set. Tyendinaga. 

(3) Jane A. Denike, d. in inf. 

William Denike, m. Rachael Mullett ; set. Percy. 
(.">) Sarah Denike, d. aged 15 yrs. 

(6) Phoebe Denike, m. John Ruport ; set. Thurlow. 
Rhoda Denike, d. in inf. 

Isaac Denike, m. Sarah A. Tucker; set. Campellford. 
Issue : (a) Luther A., m. Lizzie Gay ; (issue : Harry G.); 
(b) Ida F., m. Sydenham B. Hagerman ; set. Belleville ; 
(issue: Ernest, Melville and Stanley). 

onion Denike, m. Sarah A. Green ; set. Rawdon. 
(10) Robert Denike, m. Victoria Howard; set. Campbellford. 


'flu.- DeMilles, as their name would indicate, are of French 
in. Their ancestor was Anthony DeMille, who was born in 


Scotland, in 1664, and whose forefathers had been driven from 
France during the persecutions of the Huguenots. He emigrated 
to America, settling on the site of the present city of New York, 
and married Elizabeth Vanderliphorst. Their family numbered 
nine, four sons and five daughters. Some members of the family 
migrated to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick ; and two came to 
Upper Canada. 

James DeMille, a descendant of the DeMille who emigrated to 
New Brunswick, has been placed next to Haliburton on the Can- 
adian literary roll of fame. From 1860 to 1865 he filled the 
important chair of classics in the faculty of Aoadia, and was after- 
wards Professor of History and Rhetoric at Dalhousie College, 
Halifax. He was the author of some twenty or thirty novels and 
tales, all published in the United States. The Harpers brought 
out some of his best books : " The Dodge Club," " Cord and 
Greece," " The Cryptogram," and " A Strange Manuscript Found 
in a Copper Cylinder." Several of these first appeared in Harper's 
Magazine, as serials. His first book was " Helena's Household," a 
story of the catacombs of Rome, in the days of the persecution of 
the Christians. " The Dodge Club " was published in 1869, some 
months before the first appearance of Mark Twain's " Innocents 
Abroad," and covered a similar field as entertainingly. 

One of the family who came into Upper Canada was Isaac 
DeMille, who came from Vermont, in 1792, and settled near the 
present Northport. He took up two hundred acres in that 
vicinity, and also obtained a grant of six hundred acres in the 
township of Reach. 

Prince Edward was a wild spot when Isaac DeMille and his 
family settled ; wolves, bears and wildcats abounded. There was 
fishing and trapping to supply the family larder; but it was 
necessary to constantly guard their sheep, for the loss of a single 
fleece might mean a deficiency when it came to making the winter 
clothing. The entire clothing of the early settlers was made of 
wool and the pelts of animals they shot or trapped. It was not 
until some years later that sufficient land had been cleared to 
permit them to grow flax. With its introduction* there was a 
greater variety in clothing, and articles from its manufacture 
quickly came into common use. 


"eMille died as early as 1817 at the age of sixty-two 
years. His wife, whom he married in 1780, survived him until 
1846. They are. commemorated by a numerous posterity. 

< >lmes I DeMille, son of John J. DeMille and grandson 
of the pioneer, was born on the second concession of Sophiasburgh, 
near Northport, April 21st, 1829. At the age of twenty-two 
years lie married Wealthy DeMille by whom he had five children. 
Soon after his marriage he took up a farm on the south side of 
Fish Lake where he resided for forty years and here his children 
were born. He was a member of the Sophiasburgh Council for 
several years. He married for his second wife, Mrs. A. Moran, and 
for the past twelve years has resided in Belleville, where he leads a 
retired life. He is a member of the Methodist church, a Liberal 
Cons. in politics, and a life member of the L.O.L. 

Isaac Brock DeMille, son of Isaac DeMille, and grandson of 
the Pioii'-T, was born on the old homestead at Northport, now 
owned by his brother Thomas. He was engaged in business for 
some years at Shannon ville, at first with his brother, A. B., 
and subsequently with his brother D. N. DeMille; but, in 1862 
he came to Brighton, and opened a large tin, stove, and hardware 
store, which he successfully carried on until 1880, when he retired 
from business. He served for many years on the school board, 
and take> a keen interest in educational matters. His son, Rev. 
C. W. DeMille, is a graduate of Victoria University, being pastor 
at Roblin's Mills and superintendent of the circuit. 



ma DeMille, b. 1783, m. Israel Tripp ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
te: (1) John, (2^ Isaac, (3) Richard, (4) Israel, (5) 
.iN'l, (6) Henry, (7) Polly, (8) Annie, (9) Elizabeth, (10) 
Hannah, (11) Catherine, and (12) Susan. 

II. h DeMille, b. 1785, m. Henry Fox ; set. Sophiasburgh. 

-te ; (1) William, (2) Isaac, (3) Daniel, (4) Susan, (5) 

Margaret, and (6) Mary. The mother d. 1878, aged 91 years. 

II J. ( atherine DeMille, b. 1787, m. 1st, Mr. Valleau, and 2nd, 



Mr. VanScriver; set. Murray. Issue: By 1st, (1) Polly, (2) 
Katie, (3) Jacob; and by 2nd, (4) Jane. The mother d. 1856, 
aged 69 years. 

IV. Mary DeMille, b. 1789, m. Richard Tripp ; set. Tyendinaga. 
Issue : (1) Hannah, (2) Barbara, (3) Susan, (4) John, (5) 
Daniel, (6) Peter, (7) Israel, and (8) ano. 

V. Barbara DeMille, b. 1791, m. Daniel Lambert; set. Sophias- 
burgh. Issue : (1) Elisha, (2) Mary, (3) James, (4) Gersham, 
(5) Margaret, (6) Isaac, (7) Daniel, (8) John D., (9) Ezekiel, 
(10) Rebecca, (11) Allan, (12) Alfred, and (13) Jane. The 
mother d. 1858, aged 67 years. 

VI. John I. DeMille, b. 1793, m. Sarah Solmes ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue : (1) Jane, (2) Mary, (3) Lydia, (4) Sarah A., (5) 
Elizabeth, (6) Susan, (7) Isaac, (8) Nathaniel S., (9) Amelia 
(10) Daniel B , (11) Rebecca, (12) John, and (13) Merebeth A. 
The father d. 1874, aged 81 years ; the mother d. 1874, 
aged 84. 

VII. Jane DeMilJe, b. 1796, m. Samuel Cooley ; set. Trenton. 
(1) Peter, (2) Samuel, (3) Mary J., and (4) Elizabeth. The 
mother d. 1857, aged 61 years. . 

VIII. Isaac DeMille, b. 1799, m. Amelia Mills; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Mary J., (2) Daniel N., (3) Alfred B., (4) Isaac B., 
(5) Thomas C., (6) Cynthia and (7) Amelia. The father d. 
1882, aged 83 yrs ; the mother 1897, aged 95 yrs. 

IX. Daniel DeMille, b. 1801; drowned in 1825, at the age of 24 
yrs.; d. unm. 

X. Sarah DeMille, b. 1804, m. Reuben Way; set. Ameliasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Isaac, (2) James A., (3) Sarah A., (4) Mary J. and 
(5) Laura E. The mother d. 1893, aged 89 yrs. 

XL Peter DeMille, b. 1807, m. Nancy Way; set. Northport. 
Issue: (1) Norman, (2) Irvine, (3) James, (4) Adelaide, (5) 
Minerva and (6) Helen. The father d. 1882, aged 75 yrs. 


See VI. The John I. DeMille Branch: 

(1) Jane DeMille, m. Reuben Gorssline; set. Tyendinaga. 

(2) Mary DeMille, m. William B. Palmer; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue: (a) Cornelius, (b) John and (c) Phoebe J. 


(,T) Lydia DeMille, in. Philip H. Palmer; set, Tliurlow. 

Issue: (,i) John and (//) Frances. 
(4) Sarah A. DeMille, m. Reuben Gorssline; set. Tyendinaga 

and Bloomfield. 

Kli/abeth DeMille, m. George Saunder; set. Wisconsin. 

Issue- (a) Henry, (b) Charles, (c) George, (d) William, (e) 

A nn is, (f) Sarah A. and (g) John. 

(6) Susan DeMille, m. William Doxsee; set. Tyendinaga. 

Ksu>: (a) Louisa, (b) Sarah E. and (c) 1 dau. d. young. 

(7) Isaac DeMille, m. Nancy Eaton; set. Tyendinaga. Issue: 

Amelia, (b) Sarah, (c) Lydia, (d) Carrie, (e) Cassie, 
(/ ) John, (g) Jacob H. and (h) Nathaniel. 

(8) Nathaniel S. DeMille, m, 1st. Wealthy A. DeMille and 2nd, 

M rs. A. Moran ; set. finally Belleville. Issue : (a) Adelaide 
DeMille, m. Hon. R. P. Roblin, of Mainitoba. Issue: 
Fred, Arthur, George and Charles, (b) Malcolm DeMille, 
m. Jennie Dunn ; set. Carman, Man. Issue : Nathaniel, 
Annie and Alfred, (c) Cynthia DeMille, m. Rev. W. M. 
Baker; set. Woodstock. Issue: Maggie, Roland and 
John, (d) Irvine DeMille, m. Mary L. Whitney; set. 
Winnipeg. Issue: Ethel and Frank, (e) Blanche De- 
Mille, m. Wm. E. Moran; set. Alberta. No issue. 

(9) Amelia DeMille, m. William Sills; set. Thurlow ; no issue. 

(10) Daniel B. DeMille, m. Hannah Bowen; set. Sophiasburgh. 
1 ssue : (a) William B. DeMille, unm. ; set. Picton. (b) 
Edgar A. DeMille, m. Mary D. Gorssline ; set. Sophias- 
burgh. Issue: Everett D. A. Almond, Stella L. and 
Karl. (c) Minnie DeMille, m. D'Alton Spafford; set. 

icuse, N.Y. Issue: Malcolm and Ethel. 

(11) Rebecca DeMille, m. Noxon Morden ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (a) Blanche and (b) Nathaniel. 

- ) John DeMille died young. 

(13) Merebeth A. DeMille, m. Paul Clapp; set. Hillier. Issue: 
) Thomas, (b) John, (c) Hilton and (d) Wealthy. 

VIII. The Isaac DeMille Branch: 

(1) Mary J. DeMille, m. 1st, Charles Waite and 2nd, James 

Ross; set. Picton. Issue by 1st, (a) Isaac N, 


(2) Daniel N. DeMille, m. Phoebe Gilbert. Issue: (a) George 

and (b) Emma. 

(3) Alfred B. DeMille, Methodist minister, m. Lucellia Hurd. 

(4) Isaac B. DeMille, m. Elizabeth Wellington ; set. Brighton. 

Issue: (a) Arthur DeMille, d.y.; (b) Rev. C. W. DeMille, m. 
Annie Webb ; set. Roblin ; (c) Maitie DeMille, m. W. E. 
Blakely, Jeweller ; set. Trenton. Issue : Arthur, (d. y.) 
(d) Thorhilda DeMille, unm., student, Newton High 

(5) Thomas C. DeMille, m. 1st, Sarah Werden, and 2nd, 

Mary Wallbridge; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: by 1st, 
(a) Charles B. DeMille, a lawyer at Seattle, Wash.; (b) 
Albert C. DeMille ; and by 2nd, (c) Thomas C. DeMille. 

(6) Cynthia DeMille, m. Richard Brooks : set. Sophiasburgh ; 

no issue. 

(7) Amelia DeMille, m. George Duggan ; set. Denver, Col.; no 



The Daynards came originally from Scotland, where the 
family joined with those who defended the marches in the days 
when England and Scotland were at feud. They left Scotland 
for Germany, where Jacob Daynard was married, and whence, in 
course of time, they emigrated to America, and on the breaking 
out of the War of Independence they sided with the British, and 
wrought doughty deeds, as in the days when their forefathers 
gave the English more than they could do to defend their cattle 
from the predatory Scot. As an United Empire Loyalist he 
received a grant of land from the Crown and settled at South Bay, 
on what was then the Brown farm, and traded it to Brown for 
what is still known as the Pier son farm, where he died and was 
buried. The farm is not cleared even yet of its primeval wood. 
It consisted to a large extent of maple, or sugar bush land, and a 
considerable quantity of timber was tendered for in Picton, in 1903. 

The deed above referred to may be seen cut on buckskin in 
the Registry Office, Picton. There the name is spelled Dainhirtd, 
and thereby hangs the tale of misfortune of the Daynard family. 


The i left two brothers in Scotland, who remained bachelors. 

On tht ise, a large property which should have been 

inher Daynard family was lost to them, because of the 

r.h.'iii^i -pclling of the name. It was held by the Court 

that .Jacob had not established his identity. 

The Daynards as a race are remarkable for physical courage 
and strength, as well as for moral uprightness. The Pioneer and 
his sons fished on South Bay, and hunted deer, bear and wolves to 
help provide for their wants, and in self-defence. More than one 
of th ! i <ive been known to seize a wine barrel by the chines, 

weighing two hundred and forty pounds, shoulder and carry it a 
long distance. Some of them were great fighters, and had the 
pecularity of smiling queerly as they became enraged; fighting 
and drinking were not unusual things in their time, 

The Pioneer met his death in 1817 while engaged in carry ing 
a huge log of white poplar to use at Christmas time as a Yule log. 
He slipped on the stone hearth of his home, and fell backwards, 
the log falling on his breast and crushing him. Some of the sons 
were quite low in stature, Peter being only five feet two inches in 
height, but he was of amazing breadth, his weight, varying in his 
prime, from two hundred and forty-five -to two hundred and sixty 



I. Andrew Daynard, m. Elizabeth Ferguson; set. on old home- 

id, S. Marysburg. Issue: (1) Maria, (2) William, (3) 
ry, (4) Adelaide, (5 ) Adeline, (6) Phoebe, (7) Eliza, (8) 
uilda, (9) Lucy, (10) Andrew and (11) George. This fami- 
ly removed from the Bay district, with the exception of Mary. 

II. Bernard Daynard, m. Amelia Warden; set. Athol. Issue: 
( 1 ) Sydney, (2) Byron, (3) Asa, (4) Wellington, (5) Alfred, 

Werden, (7) William, (8) Adalbert, (9) Louise, (10) 
-id, (11) Leslie B., (12) Minerva, (13) Amelia C. and 
(14) Irene V. 

III. Peter Daynard, in. Charlotte Ferguson ; set. S. Mary si mrg. 
Issue: (1) Sarah, (2) Henry, (3) Peter, (4) Hester, (5) Ben- 


jamin, (6) Walter, (7) Ellen, (8) Amaziah, (9) Luther, (10) 
Charlotte, (11) Melton, (12) Irene and (13) Douglas. 

IV. John Daynard, m. Mrs. Eleanor Cole, nee Ferguson ; set. N. 
Marysburg. Issue: (1) Abraham and (2) Lydia, 

V. Willet C. Daynard, m. Mrs. Phoebe Head, nee Keller; set. S. 
Marysburg. Issue : (1) Edward, (2) Priscilla, (3) Alva, (4) 
Sarah J., (5) Willet W., (6) Phoebe D., (7) Jacob S., (8) 
Charles W., (9) Rowland and (10) one d. in infancy. 

VI. Samuel Daynard, m. Mary Demoire ; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) John, (2) Catherine, (3) Alfred, (4) Roxy, (5) 
Durlan, (6) Peter, (7) Emeralie and (8) Henrietta. 

See II. The Bernard Daynard Branch: 

(1) Sydney Daynard, m. 1st, Cynthia Williams and 2nd, 
Lilly T. Mclntosh (nee Kelly) set. Athol. Issue: by 1st, 
(a) Geddes, (b) Werden, (c) Emma, (d) Evaline and (e) 

(2) Byron Daynard, m. Mary Reid; set. Athol. Issue : (a) 

Manly and (b) Elgin. 

(3) Asa Daynard, m. Emma Hudgin ; set. near Lake Huron. 

(4) Wellington Daynard, m. Selina Isacs ; set. Dresden, Mich. 

(5) Alfred Daynard, m. and set. Dresden, Kent Co. 

(6) Werden Daynard, rn. Susan Tobey ; set. Dresden, Kent Co. 

(7) Rev, William Daynard. 

(8) Dr. Adalbert B. Daynard, unm.; set. New York. 

(9) Louisa Daynard, m. Samuel Cork ; set. Pictori. Issue : 

(a) Edwin and (6) Emma. 

(10) David Daynard, m. Mary Trumpour ; set. near Dresden, 
Kent Co. 

(11) Leslie B. Daynard, m. Ella Gibson; set. on old home- 
stead, Athol. Issue : (a) Rodolphus, (b) Ida and (c) 

(12) Minerva Daynard. m. David Miller; set. Dresden, Kent 
Co. Issue : (a) Ezra, (b) Nettie, (c) Courtland, (d) 
Edward and (e) Addie. 

(13) Amelia C. Daynard, m. William H. Ferguson ; set. 

(14) Irene Daynard, m. Freeman Hyatt. 


The Hrewry family in Canada are of English origin, as the 
pioneer of that name, George Drewry, was one of the earliest of 
those who mi grated from the United Kingdom, immediately fol- 
lowing tin 1 first influx of settlers from the United States. Accom- 
panied by his wife, (whose maiden name was Elizabeth Pepper), 
and their five children, he came direct to Sophiasburgh, to the 
High Short 1 , about 1817, and for a short time occupied the " Downs 
Farm," situated near the old homestead of John Woods, the 

Mr. Drewry was a thorough agriculturist, and possessed a 
scientific knowledge of soils and the essential elements necessary 
to successful farming, but he was not favourably impressed with 
this place, and he and his family (with the exception of his eldest 
son) removed to the township of Cramahe, where he secured good 
land, and through years of patient toil and perseverance, achieved 

George, the eldest of the family, who elected to remain in 
Prince Edward, had been well educated in England and qualified 
as a school teacher. He engaged in teaching in Sophiasburgh, for 
about tin ft- years, and then purchased a bush farm on the 2nd 
concession of Sophiasburgh. After clearing a portion of his farm, 
and building the orthodox pioneer dwelling, he married Miss 
Keziah Roblin, daughter of Philip Roblin. In his career as an 
early settler, he escaped none of the vicissitudes and hardships 
incident to the times; but the unremitting industry which 
characterised him, as well as the average early settler, in the end 

rde<l him with a fruitful farm and a comfortable home, and 
he found himself among those successful pioneers, who were rated 


His son, Philip, eventually succeeded to this property, and he 
with his son, Wallace, now occupy this old homestead, which is 

be landmarks of the neighborhood's first settlement. 
In later years, some years after his wife had died, George 
, the son of the Canadian founder of the family, bought a 
y in Brighton village, Northumberland County, and thither 


he removed and resided until his death in 1885. He often 
recounted his early hardships as a pioneer, when 'the nearest grist- 
mill was at Kingston, and the wolves and bears were numerous 
and fierce. In the public affairs of his community, George 
Drewry, was always interested ; he subscribed to the best principles 
of the Reform party, and invariably advocated and supported 
them. For many years he held the commission of Justice of the 
Peace, and as such, was known for his calm and temperate judg- 
ment. Although reared in the faith of the established Church of 
England, he was broad and liberal in his views concerning other 
denominations, and in later life, if he showed any marked prefer- 
ence, it was to the Methodist Church, which he frequently assisted 
and also attended. 

His son, Charles Drewry, who married Sarah Dempsey, 
owned a grist mill near Roblin's Mills, which he conducted for 
some years, when he sold out and removed to Colborne. Here he 
carried on a flour mill, and built and operated a new grist mill. 
He was a millwright, as well as a miller, and with his brother 
built a number of mills through the counties of Hastings and 
Northumberland. He led a busy and active life, and in addition 
to his private business, he was clerk of the Council in Amelias- 
burgh, issuer of marriage licenses and Justice of the Peace. After 
removing to Colborne, he served in the Town Council and upon 
the School Board, and also upon the Trustee Board of the 
Methodist Church, of which church he was a devoted member, 
being Superintendent of the Sunday School. His political affili- 
ations were with the Liberal party. 

Mr. Drewry died in 1897, and his widow still survives him. 
Th'oir son, George Drewry, B.A., was educated at the Public and 
High Schools of Colborne. He then matriculated at Victoria 
University, and graduated with the degree of B.A. in 1890. 

He next taught school for a short time, and studied law with 
the eminent firm of Clute, McDonald & McCrimmon. He was 
called to the Bar in 1895 and enrolled as a barrister and solicitor. 
He at once began the practice of law at Colborne, and has long 
enjoyed a large and lucrative practice, attracting substantially all 
the legal business of Colborne and the surrounding country. 



I. (i >rewry, m. 1st, Keziah Roblin, and 2nd, Silvia Squier; 

Am.'liasburgh and finally Brighton. Issue: by 1st, (1) 
William, (2) Philip, (3) Mary, (4) John, (5) Fanny, (6) 
Charts, (7) Nancy; and by 2nd, (8) Albert H. 

II. William Drewry, in. Mary Burnham ; set. Bowmanville. 

III. Edward Drewry, m. and set. Wisconsin. 

IV. Eliza Drewry, m. 1st, George Shaw, and 2nd, Johnston Grover; 
set. near Wardsville, Ont. 

V. Fanny Drewry, m. Nathaniel Thay er ; set. Brighton. Issue : 
(1) Eliza, (2) Isaiah, (3) Sarah, (4) Fanny and (5) Ira. 

See I. The George Drewry Branch: 

(1) William Drewry, m. Olive E. Miller ; set. Murray. Issue: 

(<t] Agnes, (b) Malcolm, (c) W T illiarn and (d) Ira. 

(2) Philip Drewry, m. Sarah A. Bogart ; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue : (a) George, (d.y.) and (b) Wallace. 

(3) Mary Drewry, m. Philip Way ; set. Marsh Front, Sophias- 


(4) John Drewry, m. Sarah Darling ; set. Newburgh. Issue : 

(a) Elizabeth, (6) Fred, (c) Mary and (d) Harry. 

(5) Fanny Drewry, m. James Gordon; set. Brighton. Issue: 

(a) Minnie and (b) William. 

(6) Charles Drewry, m. Sarah A. Dempsey; set. Ameliasburgh, 

subsequently Brighton. Issue : (a) George, (b) William, 
(c) Anna, (d) Emma, (e) Lillian, and (/) Mary E. 

(7) Nancy Drewry, m. George Sherwood; set. Brighton. 
Issue : (a) Nellie R., m. Harry Lanson ; set. Brighton. 
(Issue: Ormond K., Marion, Donald, Garnet, Ruby, 
Marjorie and Drewry), and (6) Frances, m. Wilbert Price; 
set. Manitoba. 

(8) Albert H. Drewry, in. Jennie Stedman ; set. Trenton. 

Issue : (a) Jennie and (b) and (c) two sons. 


William Evans was born at Pitchford Hall, Leominster, 
December 9th, 1732. He was the son of William Evans, land 
steward to Lord Oxford, and married Catherine Ward, January 1st, 
1766, at St. Mary's New Church, Strand, London. She was born 
August 12th, 1738, and died May 13th, 1822. William Evans 
died April 4th, 1813. Both were laid to rest in the family vault, 
St. Giles, Carnherwell. 

Barnard Pohlman Evans, youngest son of William Evans, 
was born July 19th, 1775. On May 28th, 1797, he married Alice 
Smith, St. Pancras. In 1831, he emigrated with his family to 
Canada. Alice, Louisa and Charles remained in England, where 
the latter entered the employ of a bank; the others came with 
their parents. He and his family made their way from Toronto 
through the woods, a greater part of the way to Goderich town- 
ship, where he purchased several hundred acres of land, overlooking 
the Maitland River. They were people of means and brought 
with them some of their most prized articles of furniture, including 
a paino; the latter being the first brought into that section of the 
country. The sudden transition from London, England, to the 
wilds of Canada, was a severe trial to the Evans family ; but 
they made the best of their surroundings, and prospered. Barnard 
Pohlman Evans died on this farm, Holmesville, near Goderich, on 
November 16th, 1841. His wife, who lived to a great age, died at 
the same place, 

John H. W. Evans, eldest son of Barnard Pohlman Evans, 
was about twenty-one years of age, when he came to Goderich 
with his parents. He had a farm of one hundred and fifty acres 
adjoining the homestead. He had been well educated in England, 
and in 1845 he removed to Toronto and entered the service of the 
British America Assurance Company, in whose employment he 
remained for over forty years, retiring on a pension a few years 
before his death. He always retained his farm in Goderich, and 
annually spent a few weeks there during the summer months. He 
was a member of the Church of England, and was active in Church 
matters, being a warden of the churph for many years. 

John Dunlop Evans, eldest son of John H. W. Evans, was born 


on the Goderich farm on May 27th, 1843, and was two years old 
when liis parents removed to Toronto, He was educated at pri- 
vate schools and at the Upper Canada College. After completing 
his education he was articled to Unwin & Miles, land surveyors, 
Toronto, and subsequently received his certificate as P.L.S. In 
1867, Mr. Kvans removed to Belleville, and opened an office as 
civil engineer arid architect, and has been a resident of the Bay 
of Quint e district ever since. His business career in Belleville was 
very successful. In 1882, he accepted the position of Chief 
Engineer of the Maintenance of Right of Way of the Central 
Ontario Railway, including the charge and care of all buildings, 
docks, etc. This position he still holds. 

Mr. Evans lias also made a thorough study of entomology ; 
and his collection of insects in his cabinets at " Spring Bank," (his 
beautiful msidence in Trenton) is considered one of the finest in 
all Canada. He is always ready to lend his services to his neigh- 
bors and friends engaged in farming and gardening, and in this 
way lias done an inestimable amount of good. He became a mem- 
ber of the Entomological Society of Ontario in 1875; a director, 
1891-2, and 1897-1901 ; and Vice-President since 1902. In poli- 
tics, he is a Conservative. The family are members of the 
Anglican Church. 

Mr. Evans' wife was a daughter of Walter Henry, M.D., who 
was born at Donegal, Ireland, on January 1st, 1791. He was assis- 
tant surgeon of the 66th Regiment of the British Army during the 
Peninsular War and served under the Duke of Wellington. He 
was also with the 66th, as assistant surgeon, whilst on duty at the 
island of St. Helena, and was present at the post mortem upon 
NapoN'Mii Bonaparte. The memoranda made by him at the time 
and for the bulletin, at the request of the principal medical officer, 
to be found in his book, entitled "Trifles from my Portfolio." 

While at St. Helena he frequently met the Emperor, who 
took a keen interest in his surgical learning and skill. It happened 
that he performed one of the first operations ever attempted for 

otoiny, and upon a namesake of Napoleon, the child of 

Bertrand. The Emperor was so highly pleased with the 

'i the operation that he proffered Dr. Henry a handsome 

but upon learning that its acceptance depended upon the 


consent of his "jailor," Sir Hudson Lowe, indignantly withdrew 
his offer, 

Dr. Henry subsequently became Inspector General of Hospitals 
for Canada, and lived for some years at Belleville, where he died 
June 27th, 1860. 



I. Thomas Evans, m. Margaret Pohlman. He died 1831. 

II. William S. Evans, d. unm. 1782. 

III. Catherine E. Evans, m. Robert Leach. She died 1839. 

IV. Amelia Evans, d. unm. 1789. 

V. Richard Prosser Evans, d. unm. 1858. 

VI. Barnard Pohlman Evans, m. Alice Smith. Issue : (1) Alice, 

(2) Louisa, (3) John H. W., (4) Catherine, (5) Charles, 
\V, (6) Mary, (7) Emma, (8) Henry and (9) Ellen. 


See VI. The Barnard Pohlman Evans Branch : 

(3) John H. W. Evans, b. in England, m. Aug. 6th, 1842, 
Emma Steward, b. London, Eng., Oct. 30th, 1819, Issue: 
(a) John Dunlop Evans, b. May 27th, 1843, m. Mary 
Ellen Henry. Issue : John, Walter, Alice A. L., Maud 
E. M., Annie L., Violet and Evan Henry ; (b) William 
Barnard Evans, b. April 15th, 1845, m. Mary Palmer; 
set. Toronto. Issue : Mary, William , John, Ethel and 
Ernest; (c) Alice Emma Evans, b. July 3rd, 1847, d. 
1882, unm.; (d) Henry Walter Evans, b. July 25th, 1849, 
m. Louisa Gundry ; set. Toronto. Issue : Edith, Norman 
and Owen ; (e) Louisa Johanna Evans, b. Aug. 30th, 
1851. d. unm.; (/) Ellen Elizabeth Evans, b. Oct. 15th, 
1853, d. unm. 1879 ; (g) Frederick H. Evans, b. April 
30th, 1856, m.andd. 1883. Issue: Frederick; (h) Charles 
Augustus Evans, b. Aug. 7th, 1859 ; m. and set. Halifax. 
Issue : Cyril, Hazel and another ; (i) Walter Ansell 
Evans, b. July 10th, 1862. , 


This well known Belleville family traces its ancestry hack to 
Prussia, \\h>>iv two hundred years ago, the name was spelled 
Froli .Although successive generations have adopted different 

spellings, th.- one adopted by Judge Fraleck is the standard for 
many of the family at the present time. 

Th< grandfather of Belleville's junior county judge, 

was born in Witteiiburg, Prussia, about 1720, from which place he 
removed to Hamburg, Germany, where he was engaged in the 
shipping business. This vocation brought him in communication 
with New York; and, with fair prospects before him in the New 
World, he decided to emigrate. Landing in New York, he imme- 
diately went up the Hudson River, took advantage of the offer of 
the British Government to give grants of land, and settled where 
Hudson City at present stands, on the east side of the then North 
River. With him were five sons : Christopher, John, Martin, Peter 
and Louis. 

At the outbreak of the Revolutionary War, Martin Frolig and 
all his sons, (with the exception of Louis), remained loyal to the 
British Crown, and fought on the side of the Royalists. Louis 
separated from the rest of the family, and joined the continental 
army, was made a captain, and was with General Gates when 
General Burgoyne surrendered. Louis Frolig was mustered out 
with the rank of Colonel ; he was acquainted with the great 
Washington, and afterwards named one of his sons Thomas 
Tillots* )ii after one of the Assistant Secretaries of State. At 
the. close of the war, Martin, the father, and his four other sons, 
removed to the township of Ernesttown, east of Napanee, and 
took up land as United Empire Loyalists. Louis, still obdurate, 

ined as Colonel of the militia, and went into dry goods and 

al business at Poughkeepsie. There his first son, Thomas 
Tillotson Fraleck, was born on April 20th, 1797. 

In 1 S 04, the other brothers finally persuaded Louis to emi- 

Ernesttown, where the others of the family resided. The 

!. Thomas Tillotson, before spoken of, was sent back and 

at the Troy Academy, till he was about fourteen years 

old, when he returned home to assist his father in business. 


There were rumours of war long prior to 1812, and on its out- 
break, this young volunteer enlisted in his uncle Christopher's 
regiment of dragoons. He was at the battles of Queenstown 
Heights and Lundy's Lane ; and was conspicuous for his despatch 
riding during the campaign. He was not mustered out till 1821. 
Subsequently he took up lands on parts of lots 32 and 33, 3rd 
concession of Sidney. In May, 1829, he married Hannah, daugh- 
ter of Alex Nicholson, a United Empire Loyalist, formerly of 

In this family there were born three daughters and one son : 
Aurelia E., Sarah Helen, Amanda Matilda and Edison Baldwin. 
Thomas Tillotson's life was rather uneventful. He disagreed 
with the members of the Family Compact till 1837-1838, when he 
sided with the Baldwin Reformers. In 1867, like many old-time 
Reformers, he became a supporter of Sir John A. Macdonald, which 
statesman he supported till the time of his death. At the time 
.when Seth Washburn edited the "Hastings Chronicle," this publica- 
tion was owned by Thomas Tillotson Fraleck. He subsequently 
sold the paper to Edward Harrison, who in turn disposed of it to 
Elijah Miles, when it was merged with the " Ontario " and known 
by the double name of " Ontario and Chronicle." He was more- 
over a very progressive and successful farmer. He was the first 
in the community to build a stable for his cattle, the first to put 
down underground draining, and the first to farm on the system 
of A. Lawson, paying attention to rotation of crops. On one 
occasion he was introduced to Lord Elgin, by B. F. Davy, then 
mayor, as " a little big farmer," and highly complimented on his 
success by his Lordship. Thomas Tillotson Fraleck died in 1878, 
having predeceased his wife by fourteen years. She was born 
March 8th, 1805, and it was her desire to live on the farm till her 
death ; but failing health after the decease of her husband compelled 
her to remove to Kingston, where she died September 14th, 1892, 
aged eighty-seven years. 

Edison Baldwin Fraleck (junior judge county of Hastings) 
was born February 6th, 1841, receiving his primary education at 
the Sidney township public school. When thirteen years of age 
he entered the Frontenac Academy, Kingston, and afterwards 
attended Queen's College; at that time one of the junior pupils 


was ih.Ji .lohn Maedonald ; the principal was Robert Campbell 
D.D., ami the assistant principal was Rev. 1). J. Macdonell. He 
matriculate! in Queen's University, Kingston, in 1851), graduating 
in arts, in 1S(>:*, witli honors in all branches. On the completion 
of his academic course, he went for a year to the United States. 
Returning to lii^ home in the latter part of December, he was 
urged I :he principalship of the Stirling Grammar School, 

which lie did, teaching for one year, (1864). In January 1865, 
he entered the law office of Ponton & Falkiner, where, after two 
years, lie had his articles transferred to Hon. Stephen Richards, 
(Commissioner of Crown Lands). After having received his cer- 
tificate of fitness in law, he was called to the Bar at Easter, 1868, 
and admitted to practice in the Hilary term of the same year. He 
at once took up the profession of law in Belleville; and in time 
married Jane E., daughter of William Judd, a merchant of Stirling. 
On the formation of the 49th Hastings Rifles he assumed the 
lieutenancy in No. 4 Company, under Captain Rowe. On the 
first annual parade of this regiment, it is a notable fact that 
Thomas Scott who was killed by Louis Riel in the Canadian 
North West, was a right hand man in this company. 

The successful career of Edison Baldwin Fraleck was fiittingly 
crowned by an Order-in-Council, appointing him junior judge of 
the county of Hastings, in December 28th, 1881. He was elected 
a member of Queen's University Council in 1889, on which board 
he has served continuously to the present time. He is a keen 
and ardent sportsman, a strict Conservative in politics, and a Pres- 
byterian. He is a member of the Masonic craft, having first joined 

Id Belleville Lodge, No. 121, at the age of twenty-one. He 

was also a charter master of Mystic Lodge, A.F. and A.M., No. 278, 

for t a. He has at various times contributed articles to the 

d different magazines. A keen sportsman, he has given 

his experiences to "Forest and Stream," and other periodi- 

. to outdoor life. 



i hoinas Tillotson Fraleck, m. Hannah Nicholson; set. Sidney. 


Issue: (1) Aurelia E., (2) Sarah Helen, (3) Amanda Matilda 
and (4) Edison Baldwin. 

II. Mary Fraleck, m. John Christopher ; set. Ernesttown. 

III. Millicent Fraleck, m. John Castle ; set. Sackett's Harbor. 

IV. Julia Fraleck, m. Thomas Kilmer ; set. Trenton. 

V. Hiram D. Fraleck, d. aged 27 yrs. 

VI. Louis K. Fraleck, m. Ella Arkell; set. Niagara Falls, N.Y. 

See I. The Thomas Tillotson Fraleck Branch : 

(1) Aurelia E. Fraleck, m. C. H. Hatch; set. Kingston. 

(2) Sarah Helen Fraleck, m. Albert Johnson ; set. Meaford. 

(3) Amanda Matilda Fraleck, m. Jacob I. Dafoe ; set. Niagara 

Falls. Ont, 

(4) Edison Baldwin Fraleck, Judge, m. Jane, dau. William 

Judd; set. Belleville. Issue: (a) Ernest Leigh, B.A. & 
M.E., (6) Charles Cecil, accountant Bank of Commerce, 
(c) Madeline, (d) Jessie and (e) Helen, all unm. ; set. 


The family name is spelled differently by different branches 
of the family. The original name was spelled " Frolick," and we 
find it also spelled "Fraleck" and " Fralick." The direct ancestor 
of the Fraleigh family of Prince Edward County was Jacob 
Fraleigh, a United Empire Loyalist, who probably came to 
Adolphustown with the Major VanAlstine expedition. He was 
granted land for himself and his several sons and daughters, and 
settled in Athol near East Lake. He was reputed to be one of 
the wealthiest of the early pioneers; his son, Jonathan, in common 
with all the family, received a large inheritance at his death; and 
his grandson, Jacob, being a namesake, was left three hundred 

Jonathan Fraleigh was the father of William Fraleigh, who 
died May 26th, 1897, at the age of eighty-four years. William 
Fraleigh married Julia Vandewater, and his descendants are traced 
in the table annexed. He was a very prominent man in the com- 
munity, and had the unparelled record of serving for forty years 


an the Council of Ilallowell. He was repeatedly Reeve of the town- 
ship, and in 1SJK3 served as Warden of the county. He died at the 
resident >!' his daughter, Mrs. Dr. Noxon. 

His son, Jacob H. Fraleigh for the past fourteen years has led 
a retired lite at Wellington, but for many years prior to that time 
he was en._::i^ed in farming on the second concession of Ilallowell, 
and is one of the most respected citizens of Prince Edward County. 



I. Matilda Fraleigh, m. Shore Barker; set. Bloomfield. 

II. Charlotte Fraleigh, m. Arnold McFaul ; set. near Wellington. 

III. John Fraleigh, m. Emma Williams ; set. Bloomfield. Issue : 
(1) Charles Fraleigh, set. Pittsburg, (2) Dr. A. J. Fraleigh, 
Toronto General Hospital, and (3) James Fraleigh, Commer- 
cial traveller; set. Bloomfield. 

IV. Jacob H. Fraleigh, m. Mary E. Bull; set. Wellington. Issue: 
(1) IVimnie, (deceased), (2) Julia, m. Rev. A. H. Lord, Arch- 
deacon; set. Sault Ste Marie. Issue: (a) Helen L., (6) Arthur 
B., (c) Robert Stanley, and (d) Arnold H., m. Henrietta Hen- 
derson of Lindsay. No issue. 

V. Mary Fraleigh, m. Merritt Barker. 

VI. Victoria Fraleigh, m. Dr. James Noxon; set. Toronto. See 
Noxon Family. 

VII. Dr. William Stewart Fraleigh, (deceased), m. 1st, Mary Mc- 
Bride, and 2nd, Frances Bowerman; set. Toronto. Issue: by 
1st, (1) James, set. Midland, (2) William, set. Fort Francis 
and (3) Ernest, set. Toronto. 

J. J. B. FLINT. 

J. J. B. Flint, son of the late Senator Flint, was born near 

Belleville, December 29th, 1838. He received a classical education 

illc High School and Victoria College, and soon after 

i five years' course of legal study under the tutelage of 

bridge Brothers of Belleville, and W. A. Foster of Toronto. 

Il< was called to the Bar in October, 1862, and at once commenced 

'actiee of law at Belleville. He was at one time a partner of 


Peter J. M. Anderson, present Crown Attorney; he was also asso- 
;ciated with W. J. McCamon ; later he formed a partnership with 
D. B. Robertson. Since the latter 's death he has been alone in the 

Having served for many years as a member of the City Coun- 
cil, he was elected Mayor of Belleville in 1872. For the last seven- 
teen years he has been Police Magistrate of the city of Belleville, 
and, for the last nine years, his jurisdiction has extended over the 
southern half of Hastings County. Mr. Flint is a Liberal in 
politics, and, until his appointment as Police Magistrate, was ex- 
ceedingly active in his party's service, being for years President of 
the Reform Association of the County of Hastings. 

In 1866, he married Eliza Jane, daughter of the late E. W. 
Holton. They had but one child, who died in infancy. He at- 
jtends the Methodist Church and belongs to the A.O.U.W., the Cana- 
dian Order of Chosen Friends and the Royal Arcanum. 

He is highly respected throughout the entire Bay of Quinte re- 
gion, where he is universally esteemed, not only as a capable and 
upright magistrate, but also as a genial courtly gentleman. 


Robert Francis, the Canadian pioneer, was born in County 
Galway, Ireland, and came to Canada in 1834. He settled at King- 
ston, and being a man of force and enterprise, soon after received 
a contract from the Canadian Government, for the construction of 
the Trent Canal. For some reason the work was discontinued, but 
partial compensation for its breach of contract was awarded by the 
government in granting to Mr. Francis large tracts of land in the 
townships of Madoc and Huntingdon. He eventually settled upon 
this land, and, for some years, held the office of County Surveyor. 
He died at the age of seventy-four. 

His eldest son, John, who was a local preacher, became County 
Surveyor after his father's death, and took a leading part in muni- 
cipal affairs. His third son, William, (born 1825, died 1893), emi- 
grated to Wisconsin in 1856, where he was engaged in the timber 
business, and later settled at Ackley, Iowa, where he built the first 
mercantile house in that town, and successfully carried on business 
until his death. He was the first Mayor of Ackley, also its Post 
master, and one of its leading citizens. 


Charles, the fifth son, was a Barrister nt Trenton, where ha 
practised his profession for many years. 



I. John Francis, m. 1st, Mary A. Houston, 2nd, Jane Prentice and 

3rd, Dorothy Harris; set. Huntingdon. Issue by 1st: (1) 
Robert, (2) John R., (3) George A., (4) Delia A., (5) Marian 
L., (6) Mary A. H. Issue by 2nd: (7) Adelaide, (8) Char- 
lotte, (9) Randolph, (10) Lucy J., (11) Edwin, (12) Charles 
W., (l.T) Susan B., (14) James P., (15) Mabel G., (16) Jessie 
E., and (Issue by 3rd): (17) Harry, (18) Edna and (19. 

II. Geoi-i:r M. Francis, m. Phoebe Roblin; set. Stirling. Issue: 
(1) George. 

III. William Francis, m. Amelia Bradley; set. Ackley, Iowa. 
Issue: (1) William, (2) Cora, and (3) Robert. 

IV. Robert Francis, m. Amanda Hope, nee Findall; set. Trenton. 
No issue. 

V. Charles Francis, m. Mercy Hawley; set. Trenton. No issue. 

VI. Jane Francis, m. Dennis McAuley ; set. Trenton. Issue : ( I ) 
William, (2) Ida, (3) Alex., (4) Lizzie, (5) Flora, (6) Maud, 
and (7) Bert. 

VII. Sarah Francis, m. Benjamin Steadman ; set. Stirling. No is- 

VIII. Susan Francis, d. unm. 

IX. Margaret Francis, unm. 


The father of George Fraser, some of whose descendants are 
to be found in the Bay district, was of Scotch extraction and emi- 
gni! pper Canada about 1786. During the Revolutionary 

a residing in the American Colonies and owing to his 
: fitish proclivities, he, with two others were taken prisoners 
iebels. Fearing the worst from the hands of their persecu- 
ting succeeded in sawing the bars of their cell and making a 
their blankets, made good their escape. At the close of the 
, his property was confiscated, with the exception of a cow, 


which was left through the appeals made by his wife. This harsh 
treatment determined them to remove to Upper Canada, their route 
being overland to Sackett Harbor, and thence to Kingston and 
Adolphustown, where they arrived about 1786. Later the family 
settled in Sophiasburg and were granted seven hundred acres of 
land, in one block, and also another section, as United Empire Loy- 
alists. The father died in Sophiasburg, and is buried in the old 
Lazier Cemetery. George, his son, who also settled in Sophiasburg. 
died in Lennox. He served as an officer in the Rebellion of '37. 

Donald H. Fraser, a grandson of the latter, acquired the old 
Colonel Ruttan homestead on the Marsh Front, where he now re- 
sides. He has been prominent in the affairs of the township, hav- 
ing served as councillor for several years. He has also been elected 



I. Daniel G. Fraser, m. Harriet I. Lloyd; set. Sophiasburg. Is- 

sue: (1) George A., (2) John C., (3) Addie M., (4) Hattie B, 
and (5) Donald H. 

II. David Fraser, m. and set. California. 

III. Isaac Fraser, m. and set. near Napanee. 

IV. Abram Fraser, m. and set. United States. 

V. Hannah Fraser, m. John Longhead; set. Roblin. 

VI. Rhoda Fraser, m. Trueman Beeman ; set. Napanee. 

See I. Daniel G. Fraser Branch: 

(1) George A. Fraser, m. Letitia Ruttan; set. Washington. 
No issue. 

(2) John C. Fraser, m. Sarah J. Bell; set. New York. Issue: 
(a) My la and (6) George. 

(3) Addie M. Fraser, m. Bruce Johnson; set. Hallowell. No 

(4) Hattie B. Fraser, m. Bruce Johnson; set. Hallowell. No 

(4) Hattie B. Fraser, m. Mark Losee; set. Athol. Issue: (a) 
Donald. * 

(5) Donald H. Fraser, m. Isabel Anderson; set. Sophiasburg. 
No issue. 


re in Iliis volume attention has been called to the high 
class of emigration that came to Ontario in the latter part of the 
first ; nineteenth century, especially from Scotland and 

the North <>f Ireland. The influence of these pioneers and their 
desecii. Mite manifest, as the Scottish type clearly predom- 

inates throughout Ontario. 

hat time many of the best citizens of Scotland have 
come to Canada, to the mutual advantage of themselves and their 
adopted country; among these, should be prominently mentioned, 
Robert K r ;> - 

Mr Fraser v\as born in Paisley, Scotland, in 1850, and was 
educated at the John Neilson Institute, Paisley. After completing 
his education, he obtained a position in the Union Bank of Scot- 
land. In I,s72. he came to Canada, and immediately found em- 
ployment in the Toronto branch of the Molson's Bank, and later on 
was appointed manager of the Molsons Bank at Smith's Falls, Mor- 
rlsburg and Trenton respectively, opening the Trenton branch. He 
\va,s also , ,i>hier of James Stewart's Bank, Trentcn. He subse- 
quently accepted the position of secretary-treasurer of the Central 
Ontario Railway, and later on became general superintendent, of 
the road. 11 e is also secretary-treasurer of the R. M. Mowat Hard- 
ware Company of Trenton. In December 1903, he \vas appointed 
Collector of Customs for the port of Trenton. 

Mr. Fraser is one of Trenton's most esteemed citizens, and is 

an able business man and financier. In politics he is a staunch 

lie married Miss Harriet Thompson. They reside m 

Trenton, and their pleasant home is situated in one of the most at- 

parts of the town. They have had five children, William, 

Jeaiim. . .lames, Robert, and Donald. Their son, Robert, died at 

i nine years. 


Among the families of United Empire Loyalists who settled in 

Kdward County at an early date the Farringtons must be 

d. and all honor must be accorded it for the reason, if 

aone other, that the founder the word foundress has 

been incorporated into the language was a woman. Mrs. 


Farrington lost her husband before the family removed here from 
the then newly constituted United States. She was left with four 
vsons, Edward, Joseph, Samuel and James. It was probably her 
loyalty to the old flag of Britain that contributed to Mrs. Farring- 
ton 's departure from the country which was now to have a flag oc 
its own. Be this as it may, she showed marvellous courage and for- 
titude in disregarding the perils of the way. These she experi- 
enced in full measure. If no worse than others experienced, they 
were at least as bravely encountered and surmounted. The jour- 
ney was long and tedious in the extreme, and when she arrived, the 
hardships incident to settlement in a new country had to be passed 
through. Pier best stock in trade, next to her own dauntless cour- 
age, consisted in her four sons, who, though the cause of maternal 
anxiety and endless care to begin with, would, she hoped, grow up 
to be her stay and comfort. And so the great experiment of her 
life began, an experiment which turned out as well as could be ex- 
pected. Mrs. Farrington 's eldest son, Edward, married Mary A., 
the third child of Philip M. Keller, a pioneer of German descent, 
and settled in South Mai ys burg. They had eleven children all of 
whom, with the exception of the youngest, Deborah, settled in South 
Marysburg, and she married and settled in Athol. Their son, 
Philip, married Lydia Hugdin. 

A great-grandson, George M., married Augusta Woods and 
settled in Picton. No citizen stands higher in public esteem and 
no merchant is more progressive and up-to-date. He has built up 
a large and flourishing clothing and gents furnishing ytore entirely 
by his own industry, shrewdness and frugality; and at the same 
time has taken an active part in all movements for the public good. 
He has served in the council and organized the town band of which 
he is president. He is progressive in all his ideas and at the pres- 
ent writing is Mayor of Picton, having been elected to that respon- 
sible position in January 1905. 

Deborah, the youngest of Edward's children, was the second 
wife of William Starks, of a distinguished U. E. Loyalist family. 
George P., another son of Edward, married Eliza Chambers, the 
daughter of a pioneer of Scotch-Irish descent; and Angeline, an- 
other daughter, married Norman Ostrander. 

Passing from Edward, we find that Mrs. Farrington 's second 
son, Joseph, married Lucy Rorabeck. With the exception of James, 
the youngest son, who finally settled in Michigan, the four stal- 


v/ar Mrs. Farrington all settled in South Marysburg, and 

a large number of their numerous descendants are still to be found 
in Pi 'ward County. Others have migrated to other parts of 

Canada and ^nn- have returned to the United States. 



I. Edward Farrington, m. Mary A. Keller; set. S. Marysburg. 

[ssu< 1 ; -Mm, (2) Samuel, (3) James, (4) George P., (5) 
Charity, (6) William, (7) Philip, (8) Angeline, (9) Sarah A., 
(10) Albert and (11) Deborah. The father d. 1870; the 
mothrr 1>7.\ 

II. Joseph Farrington, m. Lucy Rorabeck; set. S. Marysburg. Is- 
sue. (1) Thomas, (2) Ellen, (3) Samuel, (4) Francis, (5) 
Aaron, (6) Elizabeth A., (7) Jane, (8) Joanna and (9/ 

III. Samuel Farmington, m. Jane Jamieson; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Wesley, (2) Elizabeth, (3) ano. dau. 

IV. Janus Farrington, m. Nancy Ames; set. Michigan. 


See I: Tin- Edward Farrington Branch : 

(1) John Farrington, m. Caroline Hill; set. S. Marysburg. Is- 
: (a) Angeline (6) George E., (c) James E., (d) Lucy, 
Ann E., (/) Richard, (g) John, and (h) David. 
Samuel Farrington, d. unm. aged 82 years. 
(3) James Farrington, m. Elizabeth Robinson; set. S. Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) Margaret, (6) Alice, (c) Calvin, (d) Al- 
zina, (e) Edward, (/) Albert, (g) Robert, (h) Arthur, and 
(?) Harvey. 

George P. Farrington, m. Eliza Chambers; set. S. Marys- 
burg. Issue : (a) Mary A. Farrington, m. Royal Gerow ; set. 
Robl in's Mills. 'Issue: George. (6) William T. Farring- 
ton, d. unmarried, (c) Philip N. Farrington, m. Frances 
Dulmage; set. S. Marysburg. Issue: Eva, Sidney and 
i-iie. (d) Ella Farrington, m. John Warrington ; set. 
New York State; no issue, (e) Anson Farrington, unm.; 
set. S. Marysburg. 

(">) Charity Farrington, m. Alexander Mclntosh; set. S. 
.Marysburg. Issue: (a) Amanda Mclntosh. 


(6) William Farrington, unm. ; set. S. Marysburg. 

(7) Philip Farrington, m. Lydia Hudgin; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Emma Farrington, m. William Brown; set. 
Athol. Issue: Louisa, George and Philip. (&) 
George M. Farrington, m. Augusta Woods; set. Pic- 
ton. Issue: Florence and Geraldine. 

(8) Angeline Farrington, m. Norman Ostrander ; set. S. Marys- 

(9) Sarah A. Farrington, m. Riley Smith; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Edward, (b) Ida, and (c) Laura. 

(10) Albert Farrington, d. unmarried. 

(11) Deborah Farrington, m. William Stark; set. Athol. 


Thomas Funnell, the founder of the family in Canada, was 
born in Sussex, England, in 1777. He was a cooper by trade and 
continued at the business, which was a profitable one, after coming 
'to Canada. He married Ann Coates, also of Sussex. They came 
to Canada in 1832, settling at Kingston. Here they lived and pros- 
pered, and many of their children married and settled in the vicin- 

Jesse Funnel was born in Sussex, England, on April 10th, 
1820, and came with his father Thomas Funnell to Canada as a lad 
of twelve. He attended school in England and for some time after 
coming to Canada, but later learned the tailoring trade. This was 
years before the advent of ready-made clothing, and the business 
was a lucrative one. Subsequently he opened a merchant tailoring 
store in Kingston, and then in Portsmouth, where he had purchas- 
ed property. This business he carried on successfully until 1877, 
when he sold out his property in Portsmouth and purchased his 
present home of fifteen acres in Murray, and practically retired; 
although he has devoted his leisure to the culture of fruit, with the 
result that he has a model fruit farm, while bis residence overlook- 
ing the lake has a location that could not be excelled. On May 
23rd, 1844, he married Jane Kemp, who was born in Hull, Eng- 
land, August 23rd, 1828, and came to Kingston with her parents in 
childhood. The Kemp family in England were people of means 
and position, and are also a well known family in Canada, where 
they have long been prominent in social, political and business cir- 


cles. While living at Portsmouth, the Punnell family took an ac- 
tive ' in the work of the Church; Jesse Funnell being a trus- 
tee of th<- Methodist Church and Superintendent of the Sabbath 
Sell- -any years. 

i nnel I, .Jr., Mayor of Trenton, and eldest son of Jesse 
Funnell, was born in Portsmouth, but came to Trenton in 1881, and 
stalled business as a dealer in coal, wood, hides, tallow and wool. 
That h - < man of splendid executive ability is evidenced by his 
successful eareer. From a comparatively small beginning, his busi- 
ness has Uvoine one of the most important in the district; his wool 
warehouse has held seventy thousand pounds of that commodity at 
one time, and his local buyers may be found in nearly every vil- 
lage and town between Brockville and Toronto. Mr. Funnell does 
a large business in coal and wood, as well as in the purchase of 
hides, tallow and wool. In 1886 he was elected a town councillor, 
but his large business interests required so much of his attention 
that he would not again accept a nomination, until 1901, when he 
received a larger vote than was ever before accorded any candidate 
for the same office. He was elected Mayor by acclamation in 1902 
and also in 1903, and elected by popular vote in 1904. Mayor Fun- 
nell has proved an excellent Mayor, giving to the municipality the 
benefit of his long business experience, good judgment and un- 
doubted integrity. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity and 
several other Orders. His residence on King Street is one of the 
finest in Trenton. 



I. John Funnell, unm., d. aged twenty-two. 

II. Mary Funnell, m. Gabriel Belway; set. Kingston. Issue: (1) 

III. Th-mias Funnell, m. Frances Funnell; set. Napanee. Issue (1) 
John, (2) William and (3) Susan. 

IV. A tin Funnell, m. James Schroder; set. Kingston. Issue: (1) 
Henry, (2) Ann, (3) Thomas, (4) John, (5) Phylis and (6) 

-abeth Funnell, m. Henry Dumble; set. Kingston. Issue: 

Dr. Thomas and (2) Mary A. 
VI. Jesse Funnell, m. Jane Kemp; set.. Murray. Issue: (1) 


Frances A. (2) Jesse Jr., (3) Robert K., (4) Ada A., and (5) 
Florence M. 

VII. Phylis Funnell, m. Jonathan Offord ; set. Kingston. No issue. 

VIII. William Funnell, m. 1st, Ann Linton and 2nd, Ellen Toppen, 
set. Kingston. Issue by 2nd: (1) George, (2) James and (3) 

IX. Frances Funnell, m. John Balm; set. United States. Issue: 
(1) John and (2) Frances E. 

See VI. The Jesse Funnell Branch : 

(1) Frances A. Funnel, m. William F. Baker; set. finally Por- 
tage-la-Prairie. Issue: (a) William H., B.A., m. Char- 
lotte Richardson, (Issue: Donald, Wallace and Frances 
H.), (6) Raymond K., B.A., (c) Florence I., B.A., (d), 
Frances Edna and (e) Lorina I. 

(2) Jesse Funnell Jr., m. Elizabeth Williams; set. Trenton. 
Issue: (a) Norman, d. aged 9, and (&) Harold, d. aged 5. 

(3) Robert Funnell, TTO. Rosella V. Meyers; set. United States. 
Issue: (a) Jesse C. and (6) W. Goldwin. 

(4) Dr. Ada A. Funnell, unm. Graduate of the Medical De- 
partment, Queen's University, and an M.D., taking four 
Scholarships during her course. 

(5) Florence M. Funnell, m. William Thomas; set. Campbell- 
ford. Issue: (a) Florence A. 



This family has been prominently identified with the Carrying 
Place and Trenton for nearly a century. John M. Flindall, the 
founder of the family in Canada, was an Englishman by birth, re- 
ceiving a good education and becoming a master printer in London, 
England. He emigrated to Canada in 1816, where he expected to 
become King's Printer. Being disappointed in this behalf, he sub- 
sequently purchased a farm of two hundred acres at the Carrying 
Place, and for a while carried on farming. He had three sons and 
four daughters. 

John F. Flindall, his eldest son, was born in London, England, 
in 1804, and came to Canada with his father when only twelve 
years of age. He did not take kindly to farming in his youth, al- 
though in later years he owned large tracts of land. He was pos- 

sess< >mmereial spirit, was ambitions to succeed, and we find 

him, \\hih ;i mere youth, employed as a clerk by Colonel Adam 
I lenry ers, who Iiad opened a large general store at the "Trent" 
in Is >me years later young Flindall, who in the meantime 

had attained his majority, started a distillery in Trenton on a smaZl 
scale, whirh he ran so successfully that it became necessary to in- 
creasi- y, and he purchased a tract of land in Sidney, and 

built a more commodious distillery. Some years later he 
built the larire stone distillery in East Trenton, but transformed it 
into a In it id malt house. This venture was not so success- 

ful as his previous ones, and it was subsequently abandoned. 

John F. Flindall, was a man, broad intellectually and possessed 
of great iorce of character and executive ability. He was naturally 
a leader ; mong men, and was first and foremost in everything that 
tended to ,-idvanee the community. He was a generous man and 
gave li bo rally to the poor, and was always willing to contribute to 
any worthy object. He was for years a warden of St. George's 
Church. He was also a captain in the militia and took an active in- 
terest in military affairs, having served his country in the Rebel- 
lion of ls:!7-:>8. The Flindall family still have in their possession 
the sword, pistol, musket and old blunderbus owned by him. The 
former was used by Mr. Flindall, while the latter is supposed to 
have been brought from England by Mr. Flindall 's father. As be- 
fore stated Mi-. Flindall owned a large tract of land in Sidney, 
which he farmed until his death, in 1891. 

lie married in 1828, Myra A., daughter of Johiel Hawley of 
Bath; she was a niece of Josiah and Sheldon Hawley, the Trent 
pioneers. Their children were: John F., George, Stephen, Emily, 
CharloKr ,-md Susan. 

The Flindall family are connected by marriage and otherwise, 
with many of the leading families in the Bay district; James B. 
"ostmaster of Trenton, married a granddaughter. 


er Faulkner was a native of Massachusetts and had 
his wife, Mary Cram, before coming to Canada. He set- 
in the township of Sidney, first buying land upon the River 
"ar Frankford, and later establishing his home upon the 
.Hi eoncession. The settlement about him is known to this day 


as Faulkner's settlement. He was a man of strong convictions, 
great energy and unswerving integrity. Being an earnest believer 
in the Baptist Church, he was instrumental in having a church of 
that denomination established in his neighborhood. Although a 
staunch Liberal, he would neither seek nor accept any public 

The sons of Sylvester Faulkner were well-to-do agriculturists. 
They settled in Sidney, and they and their posterity represented 
some of the best citizenships of that township; and many of the 
later generations have made their way in professional and mer- 
cantile life as well. 

Dr. William Fraser, a grandson, and graduate of the Uni- 
versity of Michigan, became a surgeon in the United States Army 
during the Civil War, and afterwards located in Washington, 
Iowa, where he was regarded as a very successful practitioner. 

Of Steven Gilbert Faulkner's sons, Dr. George W., born in 
1845, graduated in medicine at McGill University, Montreal. He 
practised in Iowa for one and a half years, and then settled in 
Stirling in 1872, where he has since resided and practised his pro- 
fession, excepting an interval of fifteen years, during which time 
he conducted a banking, mercantile and grain business. The 
banking building at Tweed, now occupied by the Sovereign Bank 
of Canada, was built and used by him in his banking business. 
He was Reeve of the village of Stirling for eight years, and Warden 
of Hastings County, in 1886. In the year last named, he stood 
for Parliament in the north riding of Hastings, in the Liberal 
interest, opposing A. F. Wood. In 1897, he received the appoint- 
ment of License Inspector of North Hastings. He has been trustee 
of the High School Board for thirty years, and Chairman for four 

Dr. Faulkner's son, Dr. James A. Faulkner, is a graduate of 
Arts, McMasters University, and also a graduate of medicine, 
McGill University, Montreal. 

Dr. Daniel W. Faulkner, second son of Steven Gilbert Faulk- 
ner, is a graduate of medicine, McGill College, Montreal, 1878. 
Upon graduating he locoated at Foxboro, and has practised there 
ever since, having a large lucrative practice. He has held muni- 
cipal offices in Thurlow for the past fifteen years, and at the present 
writing, he is Warden of the county. 

Sylvester Faulkner, fourth son of Steven Gilbert Faulkner, 


is one of the best known insurance mm in Canada, berny manager 
nl' tin- N ii American Life Assurance Company, for the Pacific 




I. Ad( ulker, m. 1st, Mr. Fraser, and 2nd, Mr. Feetz; set. 

Sidney [seae: by 1st, (1) Dr. William, (2) Sylvester, (3) 
Eli, Daniel, and issue by 2nd: (5) Hubbard, and (6) 


II. Mary A Faulkner, m. Daniel Ross; set. Madoc. Issue: (1) 
An- Sylvester, (3) Matilda, (4) Eliza, and (5) 
Sy< i s 

III. Celinda Faulkner, m. Mr. Jones; set. U. S. 

IV. Emily Faulkner, m. John Turner; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 
Mil. 2) Wilmot, (3) Sydmer, (4) Reuben, (5) Arthur, 
(6) Mary, (7) Martha, and (8) Egbert. 

V. Francis 1). Faulkner, m. Ellen Dale; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) 
Jai> Bidwell, (3) Gilbert, (4) Francis, (5) Delila and 
(6) Emma. 

VI. Hubbard Faulkner, d. y. 

VII. Jonathan Faulkner, m. Permela Turner; set. Sidney. Issue: 
(1) Mary A., (2) Edwin, (3) Dwight, (4) Benjamin, (5) 
Ilubbard, and (6) Henrietta. 

VIII. Str\m Gilbert Faulkner, m. Polly Sarles; set. Sidney. 

1) Dr. George W., (2) Maria, (3) Dr. Daniel W., (4) 
William, (5) Sylvester, and (6) Ambrose. 

IX. Sylvester Faulkner, m. Lucinda Sarles ; set. Sidney. Issue: 
(1) Adelaide, (2) Matilda, and (3) Vernor. He lives on the 
old homestead, seventh of Sidney. 


I II" A delaine Faulkner Branch: 

Dr. William Fraser, surgeon in U. S. Army, served under 
! ral Sherman in his March to the Sea, now practising 
iicine in Chicago, m. Issue: (a) Irene, and (& and c) 
two boys. 

Sylvester Fraser, m. Mary Griffin; set. Kansas City. 
Issue: (a) Lewis, and (6) Ano. 
Kli/a Fraser, m. David Griffin; set. Sidney. Issue: (a) 


Beatrice, (6) Jecolia, (c) Henrietta, (d) William, and 
(e) Horatio. 

(4) Daniel Fraser, m. Henrietta Jones; set. Kansas. He 
served as a General in the U.S. Civil War. 

(5) Hubbard Fraser, d. unm. 

(6) Isabella Fraser, m. Henry Dafoe; set. Madoc. Issue: (a) 
Maynard, (6) William, (c) Lucinda, and others. 

See II. The Mary A. Faulkner Branch : 

(1) Anson Ross, m. Alice Breakle; set. Madoc. Issue: (a) 
Harry, and (6) Nettie. 

(2) Sylvester Ross, m. 1st, Miss Noseworthy, and 2nd, Melissa 
Moon. Issue by 2nd: (a) Minnie, (6) Frances W., and 
(c) Nora. 

(4) Eliza Ross, m. A. F. Wood; set. Madoc. 

(5) Sydmer Ross, m., and set. California. 
See IV. The Emily Faulkner Branch : 

(1) Minerva Turner, m. Milton Bird; set. Manitoba. 

(2) Wi'lmot Turner, m. Samantha Griffin; set. Portage la 

(3) Sydmer Turner, m. Miss Lazier; set. Sidney. Issue: Two 
children. He is deceased. 

(4) Reuben Turner, m. Christina A. Cummings; set. Sidney. 

(5) Arthur Turner, m.'Miss Wickett; set. N. W. T. 

(6) Mary Turner, m. Stanley Morden, Postmaster, Chatter- 

(7) Martha Turner, m. Mr. Dickson; set. North-West. 

(8) Egbert Turner, m., and set. North-West. 
See V. The Francis D. Faulkner Branch : 

(1) James Faulkner, m. Mary Vandewater; set. North West. 
Issue: (a) Connie, m. Cornelius Van Allen; set. Foxboro. 
(Issue: Carl and Philip), (6) Ella, and (c) Francis. 

(2) Bidwell Faulkner, m. Miss Chisholm; set. North West. 

(3) Gilbert Faulkner, m. Mary Blair; set. North West. 

(4) Francis Faulkner, m. and set. North West. 

(5) Delila Faulkner, m. William Fuller; set Belleville. Issue: 
(a) Lottie. 

(6) Emma Faulkner, m. Edward Vermilyea; set. Belleville. 
See VII. The Jonathan Faulkner Branch : 

(1) Mary A. Faulkner, m. David Sills; set. Thurlow. Issue: 
(a) Henrietta, and (&) Francis. 


Faulkner, in. 1st, Ann Cooley, and 2nd, P.arbara 
Issue by 1st: (a) Blake. Issue by 2nd: (6) 

Faulkner, m. Emma Kelley; set. Sidney. Issue: 
llanl'ord, and (b) Barton. 
(4) Benjamin Faulkner, m. Helen Peck; set. Thurlow. Issue: 

. and ( b ) Maud. 

llubbard Faulkner, m. and set. U. S. 

(6) Henrietta Faulkner, m. Edward Ketcheson ; set. Sidney, 
e: (a) May. 

See VIII. The Steven Gilbert Faulkner Branch : 

(1) Dr. <ieorge W. Faulkner, m. 1st, Sarah A. Young, dau. 
Ivev. Sheldon Young, and 2nd, Sarah Bleecker, nee, 
Vandewater, dau. Daniel Vandewater. Issue by 1st: (a) 
flames A., and (b) Minnie M. 

(2) Maria Faulkner, m. Morden Bird; set. Stirling. Issue: 
(a) Donald. 

(3) Dr. Daniel W. Faulkner, unm. 

(4) William Faulkner, m. Louisa Bird; set. Sidney. No issue. 

(5) Sylvester Faulkner, m. Jane Cowley; set. British Colum- 
bia. No issue. 

(6) Ambrose Faulkner, m. Mary McKee; set. Belleville. 
Issue: (a) Gladys. 

See IX. The Sylvester Faulkner Branch : 

(1) Adelaide Faulkner, m. John Hamilton; set. Sidney. 
Issue: (a) Burleigh, and (b) Seymour. 
Matilda Faulkner, m. Samuel Ward; set. Sidney. Issue: 
(o)Bulah, (b) Rufus. Both died young. 
\Vnion Faulkner, m. Hannah Van, Allen; set. Sidney. 
Issue: (a } Lillie, (b) Ethel, (c) Fred, (d) Lillie, and (e) 


The Foster brothers, William, Joseph and Martin, and a sister 

ho became the wife of Daniel B. Way, came to Canada 

Dullness County. William preceded Joseph by some four 

tiling on the Marsh Front, where he acquired some three 

hundred acres of land, half of which came in exchange for a horse. 

Ways and Cronks were his first neighbors. He married Eliza- 


beth Reid. His brother, Joseph Foster, joined him about 1793. 

Both William Foster and his brother Joseph seem to have been 
peculiarly happy in their relations with the nomadic redmen who 
came and went in the district. During the early residence of 
William on the Marsh Front, there was a quarrel among the 
Mohawks, which erided in a fight, and the services of Willi'am in 
caring for the wounded were so much to their satisfaction that a 
bond of amity was formed between them. As for Joseph, when 
he had joined his brother, they regarded him with especial favor, 
and looked upon him as one specially endowed by the Great Spirit 
with manifold gifts. When his mother died the Indians assembled 
in great numbers at the funeral and paid the greatest reverence 
and respect to the deceased. 

Joseph Foster remained with his brother through winter, 
assisting him on the farm, and in the spring moved on to Daniel 
Way's farm, where he worked for one year. He then bought 
two hundred acres, lot 2T of the 2nd concession of Sophiasburgh , 
a portion of land which had been granted to an old army officer, 
Major John Howell, under one of the proclamations. He was a 
man remarkable for his size and strength, and these were at once 
vigorously brought into play in the preliminary work of clearing 
his farm. He had brought with him from Dutchess County a 
seven-pound American axe. The axe is a very necessary imple- 
ment of the settler; but it needed a man of Joseph's inches and 
strength to wield an axe of this inordinate weight. This weapon, 
it is said, was his constant companion for seven years. 

Both he and his wife he had married Elizabeth Giles who 
if not so physically powerful, was as fearless as himself, had, 
especially at first, as much as they could do to protect themselves 
and their stock from stealthy wolves and prowling bears, which 
were particularly numerous and daring in the neighborhood of 
their holding. It is related that Joseph made his way to his land 
on Fish Lake with his wife and first-born child a mere babe, over 
a blazed trail, driving a yoke of oxen, and his family riding upon 
the jumper; from which the cradle floated down a stream as they 
were fording the same. Fortunately, baby and cradle were 
rescued, but when Joseph returned the oxen he was compelled to 
leave his wife and baby alone in an unfinished cabin. The brave 
young mother could only keep out the wolves by occasional!^ 


Miro\\!t:_ a tin-brand in their midst, as they clustered around the 

"Win-!: the three sons, who composed his family, readied 
maturity, Joseph Foster found himself the owner of bet ween nine 
and ten hundred arivs of land. This large acreage, with good 
houses, outbuildings and plenty of stock, in addition to other valu- 
able ini. the township, was the outcome and merited reward 
of years of patient toil and noble perseverance. 

Joseph Foster had three sons, William, Asa and Joseph, all 
of whon MI Sophiasburgh. William, the eldest, was unmar- 

ried. A married twice; first, Mary A. Miller and second, 
Lucretia Morden; Joseph married Lydia Osborne. The sons 
inherited the valuable property left by their father in equal shares. 
In their hands it increased in value, and has remained in the family. 
Alfred Foster, son of Asa Foster, and a grandson of the Pioneer, 
now oeeiip 1 - -> a part of the old homestead, which has become one 
of the model farms of the county. His brother, Aaron B. Foster, 
occupies and owns lot 21, 1st concession, three-quarters of a mile 
distant, oruinally owned by Daniel S. Way and purchased from 
him by the Foster family. Both brothers have filled positions in 
the Township Council for several years: Aaron has been Reeve, 
Deputy Reeve and Councillor; and Alfred has also at various times 
been a member of the Council. 

Joseph Foster, the pioneer, died in 1830, aged sixty-one years ; 
his wido\\ survived him twenty-five years, and attained to the ripe 
old age of ninety- three. He belonged to the Society of Friends. 
In politics he was a Conservative. 



I. William (i. Foster, d. 1873, aged 76 yrs. ; unm. ; set. Sophias- 


II. AM Foster, d. 1872, aged 73 yrs.; m. 1st, Mary A. Miller, d. 

841, aged 40 yrs.; and 2nd, Lucretia Morden ; set Sophias- 
bur tie: by 1st, (1) Almina (d. y.), (2) Warren G., 
Eliza A., (4) Joseph, (5) Alfred, (6) Aaron B., (7) 

EL, and (8) Mary A. 

Ill Joseph Foster, d. 1855, aged 54 yrs.; m. Lydia Osborne; set. 
iMshurgh. No issue. 


See II. The Asa Foster Branch: 

(1) Almina Foster. 

(2) Warren G. Foster, m. Sarah A. Borland; set. Sophias- 
burgh. Issue: (a) Joseph, m. 1st, Florence Baker and 
2nd, Edith Lazier; set. Sophiasburgh. No issue. (6) 
John D., m. Ida Lambert; set. Sophiasburgh. No issue. 
(c) Elizabeth, unm., (d) Mary E., m. Edward VanSkiver ; 
set. Sophiasburgh. No issue, (e) Milton R., m. Sophronia 
Carman; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: Henry D., and (/) 
George, m. and set. Chicago. Issue: Hazel and War- 
ren G. 

(3) Eliza A. Foster, d. unm., 1853, aged 22 yrs. 

(4) Joseph Foster, d. 1872, aged 38 yrs. ; m. Elizabeth Cowl- 
ing; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue (a) Martin, m. May Cav- 
erly; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: Eric and Joseph Ray- 

(5) Alfred Foster, m. Tabitha Borland; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (a) Adelia Foster, m. Richard Robinson; set. 
.Sophiasburgh. Issue: Eva M., Nellie B., and Mary S. 

B (6) William A. Foster, m. 1st, Letta Anderson, and 2nd, 
Minnie Boney, nee Rankins. Issue: by 1st, Ha M. (c) 
Almira T. Foster, m. William Gorssline; set. Sophias- 
burgh. No issue, (d) Mabel Foster, m. Frank R. Mor- 
den; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: Leland F. 

(6) Aaron B. Foster, m. Rebecca C. Foster; set. Sophias- 
burgh. Issue: (a) James R. Foster, m. Annie McCart- 
ney; set. Sophiasburg. Issue: Greer, Walter and Rosie. 
(6) Frank B. Foster, m. Ida Quigley; set. Dakota. Issue: 
James R., Alma, Rebecca I., Frank B., Bertha E., Alvira, 
and two sons, (c) Blanche Foster, m. Allan Osborne; set. 
Sophiasburgh. Issue: Percy and Bonald. (d) Annie 
Foster, m. Joseph W. Roblin ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 
Ruth and Grace R. (e) Cynthia Foster, unm. ; set. Sophi- 
asburgh (homestead). (/) William J. Foster, m. Estella 
Gorssline; set. Saskatchewan. No issue, (g) Asa Foster, 
m. Sarah Bevlin; set Saskatchewan, (h) Lilian Foster, 
unm.; set. Sophiasburgh (homestead). 

(7) James H. Foster, m. Susannah Morden; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue, (a) Marvin, m. and set. Watertown, N.Y. (&) 


'ph II., num. (c) Imogene, m. Ivlward IVck; set. 

se, N.Y. No issue. And (d) Alma K., unin. 
(8) Mary A. Foster, m. Israel T. Way; set. Sophinsburgh. 
Herbert, in. Janey Sine; set. Kingston. Issue: 
1 d ; Albert, m. Annie Mills; set. Sophijisburgli. 

F. (c) Arnold, m. Edith Denike; set. Sophi- 
: Helen B. 


The; KM- was born in Ireland, October 6th, 1842, and 

when ho \\as a mere lad of seventeen his father, mother and eight 
children em ignited to Canada. This family possessed sterling 
qualities au< lod well in life. 

Thomas Foster began life with one Irish penny as his sole 
capita], find this identical penny is still treasured by his family. 
On arriving at Frankford he was apprenticed to John Wilson and 
learned 1h< baking business. It is evident that he was industrious, 
irugal, capable and ambitious, for a few years later we find him the 
owner ot al store in Frankford. He was a first-class busi- 

ness man, of rigid integrity, who gained and kept the confidence 
of the people; and his business increased with amazing rapidity. 
He built nid was unfortunate in having them burned down, 

but nothing daunted him; he continued to be one of the principal 
merchants in Frankford up to the time of his death, Oct. 24th, 
1900, and bequeathed a competence to his family. Thomas Foster 
did not confine himself to business pursuits ; he was a leader in the 
affairs of Frankford, and took an active interest in church matters. 
He u , rted when a mere youth, and was a class leader in Ire- 

land. In Frankford he was a class leader for over thirty years. He 
in his contribution to the church and gave liberally to 
the i He was a member of the Masonic fraternity, the L.O.L. 

1 F. Oct. 22nd, 1867, he married Mary Stevens, and 
had i hi- following descendants: 

Foster, died young. 
ima M. Foster, died young. 

K. Foster, m. Rev. William Higgs, Methodist minister. 
(1) Mary. 
M. Foster, unm. 


V. Thomas H. Foster, merchant, m. Mary Bower; set. Frankford. 
Issue: (1) T. Reginald. 

VI. Marietta Foster, died young. 


Like the many Dutch families that have won for themselves 
places of competence and distinction in the New World, first in 
the United States, and subsequently in Canada, the Flagler family 
is prominent. 

The pioneer of the Flagler family in Prince Edward County 
Thomas Flagler may have been born on Canadian soil ; at any 
rate it was at about the time of his birth that his parents came 
to Adolphustown from Dutchess County. His daughter, Mrs. A. 
P. Cameron, of Hillier, says her grandparents were among the 
earliest of the U. E. Loy lists to settle in Adolphustown. 

Thomas grew up and lived in or near Adolphustown for a 
number of years, when he crossed the Bay and located on lot 12 
of the third concession of Hillier, early in the nineteenth century, 
now owned and occupied by Benjamin Ferguson. He had pre- 
viously married Nancy Roblin (b. April 30, 1795). They were 
married May 16, 1814, and the ceremony was performed by Rev. 
Robert N. MacDonald, at Adolphustown, in the presence of John 
Canniff and Catharine Flagler, who signed the marriage certifi- 
cate, which is now in possession of his granddaughter, Mrs. C. S. 

Flagler, having already had experience of pioneer life, soon 
showed up among the new brother settlers in Hillier as one of the 
best among them and worthily maintained the prestige of his nation 
as a competent and progressive farmer. Many years* had not 
passed before his farm was cleared of much of its heavy timber, 
while he shrewdly allowed a portion of it to stand. There was on 
the part of some early settlers a ruthless and sweeping destruction 
of forest that showed little foresight, so that in parts of the county 
to-day the land has been denuded not only of a great natural beauty, 
but their successors find themselves deprived of a valuable asset. 
The cleared land became well fenced, cultivated fields ; the original 
log house disappeared, and a pile of sightly farm buildings took 
its place. The large frame house, the barn and other buildings 
are still in a good state of preservation. 


r pioneer's family of eight children were born five 
sons ;.i i la u -liters Esther A., March 16, 1815; Philip, 

Sept* John R., January 5, 1819; George D., Octo- 

ber 18 lemon, May 1, 1823; Jane E., January 24, LSiT) ; 

Cathar aber _><;, 1826; Stephen N., May 6, 1835. Here he 

lived i'- "it twenty-five years, farming and blacksmithing, the 
hitler li-: n liis original trade, when he removed to what was 

then known as Pleasant Valley, now Hillier, where he bought a 
farm, which \\as afterwards sold to Matthew Arthur, and eventu- 
ally to Stephen Nease, the present occupant. A shop was built in 
which !n- .: John R. carried on the trade which he had learned 
from \]\> her. The farm was already of considerable account 
in the neighborhood, and remains to-day practically as it was pur- 

In the meantime his family was getting married and settling 
in hoim-.x i heir own, until Jane E. only remained with her par- 
ents. As Thomas Flagler and his wife were growing old he seems 
to have considered they were entitled to spend the evening tide of 
life in <|tn< ! and rest; and sold his property and came to live first 
in the village and then in Brighton, where he purchased a residence. 
He died in 1S72, his wife, nee Nancy Roblin, preceding him by 
four months. 

Thomas Flakier adhered in the main to the Conservative 
party in politics; in religion, he was a member of the Society of 

Just one of his children lives to-day (1904), to-wit, Jane E. 

Flagler, who married Aaron P. Cameron. The Camerons are a 

not IM! S h family, who emigrated at a very early period to 

Lower Canada, Aaron P.'s father, George Cameron, married for 

his 91 ife, Phoebe Pierson, widow of Aaron Pierson, brother 

lames Pierson, by whom he had Aaron P., who married 

'" The old home of George Cameron, so widely known 

( ! in Prince Edward County, is still occupied by a 

s. C. 8. Thorn (Minda J. Cameron), a daughter of 

ho, with her husband, C. S. Thorn, her son, Harry C., 

ami other, form the household. 



A. Flakier, in. William Clark; set. llallowell. Issue: 


(1) Henry Clark, m. 1st, Elizabeth Weeks, and 2nd, Miss 
Clark; set. Havelock. 

II. Philip Flagler, m. Mary T. Thorn; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 
Thomas, and (2) Samuel. 

III. John R. Flagler, m. Minche Van Horn ; set. Brighton. Issue : 

(1) Theresa, (2) Maria, (3) Cornelius, (4) Elva, and (5) 

IV. George D. Flagler, m. Nancy Cameron; set. Brighton. Issue: 
(1) George, (2) Olivia, (3) Melissa, (4) Emma, (5) Walter, 
(6) Frederick, (7) Minnie, and (8) Gertrude. 

V. Solomon Flagler, m. Catharine Young; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 

Stephen, (2) Parmelia, (3) Caroline, (4) John, (5) Alice, 
(6) Annis, (7) Philip, and (8) Alida. 

VI. Jane E. Flagler, m. Aaron P. Cameron; set. Hillier. Issue: 
(1) John P., and (2) Minda J. 

VII. Catharine Flagler, m. William Clark; set. finally Havelock. 
Issue: (1) Stephen, (2) Solomon, (3) Mary, and (4) Matilda. 

VIII. Stephen N. Flagler, d. aged 12 years. 

See II. The Philip Flagler Branch: 

(1) Thomas Flagler, unm. ; set. California. 

(2) Samuel Flagler, m. Margaret Fralick; set. Wellington. 
Issue: (a) Maude Flagler, m. and set. Toronto. Issue: 
Hazel, Margaret and Norma. (&) Sidney Flagler, m. 
Matilda McGowan; set. Brooklyn. Issue: Margaret, 
Grace, Elsie, Norine, and a son. 

See III. The John R. Flagler Branch: 

(1) Theresa Flagler, m. William Simpson; set. Campbellford. 
Issue: (a) Herbert, (&) Cornelius, (c) Burton, and (d) 

(2) Maria Flagler, m. Robert Roy; set. Peterborough. 

(3) Cornelius Flagler, m. and set. Brockport, N.Y. 

(4) Elva Flagler, m. Rev. Robert Jones; set. finally North- 
West Territory. 

(5) Linden Flagler, m. Allie Forrester; set. Brighton. Issue: 
(a) Percival. 

See IV. The George D. Flagler Branch: 

(1) George Flagler, m. 1st, Nora Lazier, and 2nd, Lucy Ding- 
man; set. Rochester, N.Y. Issue: by 1st, (a) George, 


y.), and by 2nd, (&) Gertrude, m. Mr. Patchill; set. 
jito. (c) Ernest, (d) Harry, and (e) Haida. 

lagler, m. Francis Keirl; set. Mimico. Issue: (a) 
, in. William Douglas; set. Toronto. Issue: Fred- 
k. (/>) Maud, m. James McKay; set. Toronto, (c) 
Ethel, and (d) Nina, d. y. 

Flagler, m. Harrison Johns; set. Toronto. Issue: 

ph'ii E. Johns, m. Elizabeth Roland; set. Wash- 

'nn. Issue: Leona. (6) Minnie S. Johns, (c) Ivjr L. 

Johns, (d) Eva O. Johns, (c) Hazel F., and (/) Harrison 

R. Johns. 

(4) Emma Flagler, m. John White; set. Detroit. No issue. 
Flagler, d. y. 

(6) Frederick Flagler; set. United States. 

(7) Minnie Flagler, m. James Bridgewood; set. Hamilton. 

ie: (a) Roy, (6) Ray, (c) Gertrude, and (d) Francis. 

(8) Gertrude Flagler, m. William Brown; set. Hamilton. 

lie: (a) Agnes. 
See V. The Solomon Flagler Branch: 

(1) Stephen Flagler, m. and set. Belleville. 

(2) Parmelia Flagler, m. William C. Young; set. Toronto. 
Issue: (a) Theresa, d. unm., (6) Clara, m. William 
liourke; set. Toronto. (c) Francis C., and (d) Ernest. 

(3) Caroline Flagler, m. Alexander Gilchrist, conductor on 

T. R. ; set. Toronto and Detroit. Issue: (a) James L,, 
(&) Alice, (c) Marjorie, and (d) Alexander. 

(4) John Flagler, m. Retta Rice; set. Brockville, later 
Toronto. Issue: (a) Katherine M., <6) Alice M., and (c) 

>rge W. 

Alice Flagler, unm.; set. Toronto. 

(6) Annie Flagler, m. Silas Thompson; set. Toronto. No 

; Slip Flagler, m. Miss Donarchy; set. Belleville. 
Alida Flagler, m. Frank Gillette, and set. New York. No 

Jane E. Flagler Branch: 
-lolni 1*. Cameron, m. Sarah E. Williams; set. Hillier. 

sue: (a) Ethel. 

Miiid.-i J. Cameron, m. Charles Thorne; set. Hillier. Issue: 
(a) Harry C. Thorne. 


William Fox and his brother Henry came to Canada from 
Dutchess County, New York, about the close of the year 1791, and 
settled on the first concession of Sophiasburgh, or what is known 
as the Marsh Front, about one-half mile west of Northport, where 
their descendants still live. They drew land under the procla- 
mation of 1791, which gave the same privileges to them as to those 
who had came at an earlier date. They were possessed of some 
wealth when they arrived and were able to make more progress in 
clearing and settling their farms than were their poorer neighbors. 

William brought with him his wife, formerly Mary Jones, and 
two sons, both of whom also drew land. John Fox, son of William, 
drew his grant near where the city of Ottawa now stands. Henry 's 
wife, who was a Demille was also of United Empire Loyalist 
parentage. William Fox died in 1820, aged seventy-eight years, 
and his wife in 1821, aged seventy-one years. 

Henry Fox settled on lots 34 and 35; here he lived until his 
death. He took some part in the War of 1812. His grandsons, 
Borland and Shadrach R. Fox, still live on the old homestead. 
Henry Fox was twice married. His first wife was Catherine 
Brickman, and his second wife was a lady, who afterwards became 
Mrs. Tripp. Of his eleven children, three were of the first family. 
Henry died in 1822, aged sixty years, and his second wife died in 
1883, aged eighty years. 

The Foxes have taken no active part in either national or 
municipal politics, but have lived industrial lives, and there are 
very few of them, but are well-to-do and of influence in the com- 

Among the descendants of William Fox should be mentioned 
his grandson, Harmonious. Harmonious Fox was the third child 
and second son of John Fox, and married Agnes, daughter of 
Alexander Robertson, who emigrated from Scotland in 1810. 

Mr. Robertson was an active and intelligent man. He taught 
school for a few years on Big Island, and then purchased two hun- 
dred acres of land, which he cleared, and cultivated until his 
death. He married Rebecca Roblin, daughter of Owen Roblin. She 
died in 1872. Only two of their children are now living in Prince 
Edward County, to wit, Daniel, and Augusta, who married the 
late James Conkey and settled in Hillier. As above noted their 


daiu Kobertson, married Harmonious Fox. She died 

Sepi- 'sfr>. Mr. Fox lives in the old homestead on 

Island his <oii, William F. Fox, who married Ella Koteh.-ipaw, 

nee ( :hler ol' the late .Jeremiah Cole, deceased. 



I. ,!.; Mr. Rowe; set. Sophiasburgh. 

II. Margaret Fox. m. Jacob Parliament; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue: 
(1) Henry, (2) George, (3) Jacob, (4) Susannah, (5) Mar- 

nd (6) Maria. 

III. < Fox, in. John B. Way; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue: 
(1) Daniel, (2) Henry, and (3) John. 

IV. Katrina Fox, m. Jacob Howell; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: (1) 
Griffith, ( 2) James C., (3) David S., and (4) Randall. 

V. Rynard Fox, m. Charity Brickman; set. Ameliasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Ahnira, (2) William, (3) Levi, (4) Elizabeth, and 
(5) Stephen. 

VI. John Fox, m. ; set. Sophiasburgh. No issue. 

VII. ! m. Lydia Noxon; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: (1) 
Jam.s. (2) Zylpha, (3) John, (4) Henry, (5) Elizabeth, (6)' 
Dorland, and (7) Shadrach R. The father d. 1883, aged 80 
yrs. ; the mother 1887, aged 82 yrs. 

VIII. Catherine Fox, m. Daniel Way; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 
(1) Allan, (2) William, (3) Eliza A., (4) Alexander, (5) 

tJ) John, (7) Catherine, and (8) Rhoda. 

IX. Sarah Fox, m. Henry Smith; set. Durham County. 

X. Mary Fox, m. John Burdett; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) Henry, 

iherine, (3) Nancy, (4) Caroline, (5) Hannah, and 
Kdward. The father d. 1858, aged about 71 yrs.; the 
1863, aged about 70 yrs. 

i.h Fox, m. 1st, Mr. Covert, and 2nd, John Morden; set. 
urgh. Issue: by 1st, 2 dau. and 1 son, d. y. 


11. The Peter Fox Branch: 
lames Fox, d. y. 

Zylpha. Fox, in. Enoch Fairman ; set. Biir Island. Issue: 
(a) Nancy, (b) Sarah, (c) Susan, (<h Lydia, () Klda, 
(/') Dorland, , // ) Jenny, and (//) Amanda. 


(3) John Fox, m. Louisa Cole; set. Big Island. Issue: (a) 
Peter D., (6) Hannah M., and (c) Sherman. 

(4) Henry Fox, m. Elizabeth A. Clapp; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (a) James, H., m. Emoretta Garrett; set. Sophias- 
burgh. Issue: Nora B., d. aged 11 yrs., and (6) William 
D., m. Sarah V. Smith ; set. Toronto and Northport. Issue : 
Olive E., and Clara S. 

(5) Elizabeth Fox, m. Stowel A. Robertson; set. finally Sid- 
ney. Issue (a) Stillwell F., m. Alice Keeling; set. New 
York State. No issue. (6) Lydia, m. John H. Robinson; 
set. New York City. Issue: Ethel V., Arthur H., and 
Walter H. (c) Elda, m. Jesse Dunning; set. Sheridan. 
No issue, (d) Emma, (e) Elizabeth A., (/') Byron A., 
m. May Lyons; set. Toronto. Issue: Gladys M., Myrtle 
L., Stanley L., and ano. dau. (g) Georgiana, m. George 
A. Huffman; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: Henry A., and' 
Walter K., and (h) Nellie W., m. Frank L. Cooper; set. 
New York State. Issue : Harold K. 

(6) Borland Fox, m. Matilda Stafford; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (a) Lydia A., m. Ed. Anderson; set. Ameilasburgh. 
Issue: Borland, Annie, Fred and Brent, (6) Burton S., 
unm. ; set. homestead, (c) Peter H., m. Minnie Well- 
banks; set. Northport. Issue: Belden, and (d) Jessie B., 
m. Frank S. Solmes; set. Solmesville. Issue: Bavid, and 

(7) Shadrach R. Fox, m. Melissa Redner; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (a) Ada, m. Samuel Smith; set. Northport. Issue: 
Glen, Eva H., and Bonald R., and (&) Eben, m. Frankie 
Giles; set. homestead. Issue: Florence L., and Ella B. 

See VIII. The Catherine Fox Branch: 

(1) Allan Way, m. 1st, Sarah Prevoux, and 2nd, Lucinda 
Prevoux; set. Hungerford. 

(2) William Way, m. 1st, Mahala A. Lewis, and 2nd, Mahala 
Perry; set. Ameliasburgh. 

(3) Eliza Way, m. Louis Brown; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 
(a) Alfred, (6) John, and (c) Albert. 

(4) Alex. Way, m. Priscilla Brown; set. Sophiasburgh. No 

(5) Jane Way, m. Edward Thompson; set. Sophiasburgh. 


te: (a) Nelson, (b) Hannah, (c) George, (d) Mary, 
Matilda, (/') Letitia, and (g) Blake. 

(6) John Way, m. Sophronia Cross; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 
John, (6) Jane, (c) Clarence, (d) Sarah, ;md (e) 

'. 'athcrine Way, m. Colborne Robertson; set. finally Tren- 
[sue: ((/) Henry, (b) William, (c) Catherine, and 

Khoda Way, m. B. Salisbury; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 
Alex, (6) Peter, (c) Wilhelmina, (d) Zenna, (e) 
Ion, (/) Harvey, (g) Daniel, (h) Jesse, (i) Edith, and 



I. Henry Pox, b. 1779; m. Elizabeth DeMille; set. Sophiasburgh. 

I) William, (2) Isaac, (3) Daniel, (4) Susan, (5) 
Margaret, and (6) Mary. 

II. John Fox, m. Susan Wannamaker; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: 

(1) Mary, (2) William, (3) Harmonious, (4) Dorothy, and 
(5) Henry. The father d. 1873, aged 88 yrs. ; the mother 
50 yrs. 

See II. Tin 1 John Fox Branch: 

(1) Mary Fox, m. Samuel Tripp; set. Melrose, Hastings 
County. Issue: (a) Susan, m. Hollet Gorssline; set. 

William Fox, unm. ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
i Harmonious Fox, m. Agnes Robertson; set. Sophiasburgh. 
ae: (a) John, (b) William E., m. Ella Kotchapaw, 
Cole, (c) Alexander, (d) Susan J., (e) Stanley, and 
(/) Mary E. 

Dorothy Fox, m. George Rose; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue: 
(a) William II., (6) James A., (c) Martha A., (d) 
Susan E., (e) Angelina, (f) David F., and (g) John W. 
Henry Fox, m. Margaret Way; set. Sophiasburirh. Issue: 
(a) Samuel J., (6) Susan E., (v) Alberta, and (d) Del- 


There is no more familiar name in the Bay of Quinte country 
than that of Finkle. No pioneer history of this old section of our 
province, however meagre in detail, can be written, without men- 
tion of the Finkle family. We find them in the very beginning of 
things down in the first and second towns, and to-day we find them 
all over this entire region. The Finkles are associated with the 
Gildersleeves in the foundation and history of steam navigation on 
the Bay of Quinte. It was a Finkle who built the first frame house 
in Upper Canada, and it is recorded that the first court held in the 
Province was held at this house. 

If the excerpts from the township records be correct as pub- 
lished in the Hastings County Atlas, it would seem that an older 
George Finkle probably the father of George and Jacob Finkle 
came to Sidney at an early day ; for it gives the names of twenty- 
seven settlers who subscribed seven pence half-penny, in the year 
1790, to purchase a book for a Township Record, and the name of 
George Finkle appears on the list. The George Finkle of this 
sketch was at that time only ten years old and could not be the 
person therein named. Dr. George Finkle, the grand American an- 
cestor who came from Germany to the colonies long before the War 
of the Revolution, had three sons John, George who served in the 
Hastings Militia in the War of 1812, and Henry; and it is quite 
probable that George, whose name appears on the old Sidney sub- 
scription list of 1790, was a son of Dr. George and the father of the 
Finkle brothers of Sidney. 

These brothers were important factors in the upbuilding of 
Methodism in that township. They were among the early converts 
and were ever after classed among its staunchest supporters. No 
Methodist church was ever built in Sidney that did not have in it 
some boards or bricks furnished by the Finkles. They were natu- 
rally emotional and Methodism furnished the proper vent, that is, 
the old fashioned Methodism of pioneer days. There was a power 
that does not manifest itself in our day; The form remains, but 
the life, energy and fire that characterized it in "ye olden times" 
when camp-meetings flourished and the joyful shouts of zealous 
converts reverberated through the forest have departed from it. 
These old camp meetings and the periodical ' ' protracted meetings ' ' 
were special seasons of great joy for the Finkles. They were not 
only zealous in their religious work, but they lived consistent lives. 


ilk- Finkles were consistent.. They were not only lead- 
ini! the front of Sidney; they were leading Christians 

durini: til '"i .'native period when the social institutions of the new 
provr .-ing moulded ; and to such men is due the credit for 

t-he !i ral status of our social life in Ontario, to-day. 

uled on adjoining lands and in interest and at' 

fecti" wo families were virtually one. George the elder, was 

born MI L780. He married Catherine McMasters, by whom he had 
five s . Ransom, James, John and Jacob; and three 

dan^i: i aria, Eliza and Jane. He died in 1872, in his ninety- 

second d his wife in 1871, in her eighty-ninth year. 

inkle was four years younger than his brother George. 
In 1809 lie married Hannah Peterson, and they lived together as 
husband and wife for thirty-one years. He was one of the trustees 
named in the grant of three hundred acres of land on the Front of 
Sid])- chool purposes. This historical school section is men- 

tioned e is. -where in this work. 

If more religious zeal was manifested in pioneer times, there 
was Beater prevalence of superstitious notions; our fore- 

fathers were firmer believers in Providential dispensation than we 
are. If one committed an act, deemed wicked by his neighbor, and 
it was followed by some accidental misfortune on the part of the 
perpetrator <>f the act, the neighbors would call it a "Judgment," 
meaning thereby that an over-ruling power, by special dispensa- 
tion, had caused the accident or misfortune as a penalty for com- 
mitting the act. Jacob Finkle was once a subject of providential 
displeasure, according to this belief. It was in a time of "catchy 
weather'' and he was tempted to do a little harvesting on Sunday 
to save his bread. That night his only cow was missing, 
and i week before he found her. His neighbors believed 

and it? fad he believed himself that it was a "judgment" sent 

him for desecrating the Sabbath. 

His son, Abel Finkle, was one of the best known men of Sid- 

n his day, and a worthy son of the Pioneer. Full to overflow- 

the ' ' milk of human kindness, ' ' he was the friend of every- 

nd everybody was his friend. He was a Methodist of the 

>l, and throughout the township his genial face was seen 

. e heard at all religious and social gatherings. Always 

miself, he was the especial friend of the young, and was a 

ilar Sunday School teacher until his death. He lived and died 


on the old Finkle homestead on the Front of Sidney, and his body 
rests in the picturesque cemetery on the shore of the Bay of Quinte, 
where so many of the masters of this district are buried. He mar- 
ried Catharine, daughter of Charles E. Bonisteel, and left two chil- 
dren : Wilson, who is a conductor on a railway in the United States, 
and Bertie, who resides with her mother on the old farm. Wilson 
married Mina Reed and has a son, Seymour, and a daughter, Kath- 

Emery Finkle, another son of Jacob Finkle, was born on lot 
21, concession 1, Sidney, (the original homestead) September 12th, 
1824, and has thus experienced all the vicissitudes of pioneer life. 
Deer and wolves were plentiful in Sidney during Mr. Finkle 's boy- 
hood ; it was almost an every day occurrence to see the former, while 
the latter sometimes made night hideous with their howls. But 
there were pleasures, and many of them, in that early day ! They 
had social gatherings, and the hospitality of those old pioneers was 
far greater than the people of the present age can realize. Every- 
body knew everybody else, and the custom of all turning out and 
helping each other at ' ' logging ' ' and other ' * bees, ' ' brought the 
people into close companionship, and produced a community of in- 
terests unknown in these modern times. Then there was the 
church, attended by all, no matter what the weather, where they 
assembled to worship God, being entirely indifferent as to the qual- 
ity of the clothes they wore; and the log schoolhouse, where the 
youth attended only in winter, for all worked on the farm during 
the summer months ! All of this Mr. Finkle has experienced, and 
to hear his cheerful description of those early times is like reading 
an interesting book. He attended school at the first schoolhouse 
erected on School Section No. 2, Front of Sidney. This was the 
old historic school mentioned elsewhere in this volume, where so 
many men who became well-known and useful members of society 
in after life received their early education. 

Mr. Finkle married, February 15th, 1851, Caroline Hogle, 
daughter of John Hogle and great-granddaughter of the old pion- 
eer, Francis Hogle. 

After the death of his first wife, Mr. Finkle married, March 
4th, 1878, Sarah Munroe. They have no issue. 

It is almost needless to add that Mr. Finkle belongs to the 
Methodist church, as did his respected ancestors, and even to this 
time (1904), in his eightieth year, he is very active in church mat- 


ters. i quarter of a century he has been class-leader and 

Irus,' Aikins'' Methodist church, and it requires some ob- 

stacli meli out of the ordinary to prevent his occupying his 

place iivli and Sunday School every Sabbath. He takes a 

deep inn-rest in the latter, and can be seen every Sabbath giving 
out an -ling aloud the hymns to the Sabbath School, readily 

readi; *t print without the aid of glasses. Mr. Finkle 

joined the L.O.L. over forty years ago but has never affiliated with 
any oth organization. He is a Conservative in politics. 

"Une; >.eiy Finkle, as he is affectionately spoken of by his 

large ei >f friends, is a worthy son of a worthy family, and is 
as much resp.vted as any citizen of Sidney township. 

>1> M. Finkle is a son of John and a grandson of Jacob Fin- 
kle, the pioneer. He was born on the old original Finkle home- 
stead, 1st ( 'oncession of Sidney, April llth, 1848, and is a worthy 
member of that respected family. He attended School No. 2, Front 
of Sidney, during the winter months, when possible, but in sum- 
mer, his services were needed on the farm. So anxious was he to 
obtain an education, that to make up for lost time, he attended 
school t\\" winters after he was twenty-one! 

When twenty years old, Mr. Finkle leased his uncle Abel Fin- 
kle 's farm on shares and continued to work it for seven years. This 
gave him his first start in life and enabled him to rent larger farms, 
which lie worked successfully for twelve years; subsequently pur- 
chasing a part of the old Finkle homestead on ftie Front of Sidney, 
where he now resides. Mr. Finkle and his two sons are officers in 
the V Methodist church and take an active interest in its 

In politics, he and his family are Conservatives. Mr. 
Finkle was a member of the L.O.L. 1291, Sidney, but the Lodge be- 
1 by fire, he took his certificate, and not being conve- 

another Lodge, he has not yet affiliated with one. The 

: educated, energetic, typical young Canadian farmers. 

Tin- ,ie hundred and twenty-five acres in conjunction with 

Their products are of a mixed character, but they are 

: to make a specialty of fruit growing, and with this end in 
t out a large number of fruit trees, and their farm bids 
vome one of the choice farms of Sidney. It is very een 
<d being within a few rods of the Wesley church and 

talf a mile of School No. 2 and of the cheese factory, and 

miles. from Belleville, and six miles from Trenton, respec- 


lively, the principal market towns of Hastings County. Their 
house is pleasantly situated on the "broken front" overlooking the 
Bay of Quinte. 



I. George Finkle, b. 1780; d. 1872; m. Catharine McMasters, b. 

1782; d. 1871; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) George, (2) Ransom, 
(3) James, (4) John, (5) Jacob, (6) "Maria, (7) Eliza and (8) 

II. Jacob Finkle, b. 1784 ; d. 1862 ; m. 1809, Hannah Peterson, b. 
1790: d. 1840; feet. Sidney. Issue: (1) John, (2) Paul, (3) 
George, (4) Robert, (5) Abel, (6) Henry, (7) Emery, (8) 
Jacob, (9) William, (10) Albert, (11) Nancy and (12) Eliza- 

See I : The George Finkle Branch : 

(1) George Finkle, b. 1823; d. 1901; m. Alice Losee; set. Sid- 
ney. No issue. 

(2) Ransom Finkle, m. Jane Simmons; set. United States. 

(3) James Finkle, m. Mary Brown; set. U. S. Issue: (a) Wil- 
liam, (b) George, (c) Finley, (d) Eliza and (e) Mary. 

(4) John Finkle, d. unm. ; set. Sidney. 

(5) Jacob Finkle, b. 1809; d. 1869; m. Mary Palmer; set. Sid- 
ney. Issue: (a) Charles Finkle, m. Hannah Finkle; set. 
Sidney. Issue : Frank, Bert and Jennie. ( b ) Annie Fin- 
kle, m. George Brown; set. Belleville; no issue, (c) Har- 
riet Finkle, m. James Brickman; set. Ameliasburg; no 

(6) Maria Finkle, b. 1821; d. 1867; m. Peter Yager; set. Thur- 
low. Issue: (a) George Yager, m. Euretta Davis; set. 
Belleville. Issue: Roy. (6) William Yager, unm. (c) 
Catharine Yager, m. William L. Teverton; set. Tyendin- 
aga. Issue: William and Elizabeth, (d) Marietta Yager, 
m. Chauncey Palmer ; set. Thurlow. Issue : Adelbert, Ef- 
fie and Arial. 

(7) Eliza Finkle, b. 1814; d. 1901; m. Reuben Kelly, b. 1813; 
d. 1870; set. Sidney. Issue: (a) Phoebe, (b) Fanny, (c) 
Mary E., (d) Emma, (e) Louisa and (/) Clarissa. 

(8) Jane Finkle, b. 1824; d. 1888; m. Nelson Simmons; set. 


Sidney. Issue: (a) George Simmons, m. M;iry While; 
Fnuikfonl. Issue: (ieorge, William and Luella. (b) 
fine Simmons, m. Harry Dingman ; set. Campbell- 
issue: Tilly, Jennie and Harry, (c) .Jane Sim- 
. Harry MeTalvey; set. Campbellford. Issue: Car- 
.nd .Jennie. (<7) Alice Simmons, d. unm. 

See II: "l> I' 1 inkle Branch: 

(1) .John Finkle, b. 1810; d. 1881; m. Mary Shaw; set. Sid- 
Issue: (a) Jacob M. Finkle, b. 1848; m. Feb. 3, 
' -lane A. Thrasher; set Sidney. Issue: Calvin Mer- 
\\ illiam Herbert, m. Catherine Spafford, and Mary 
"1. (b) Abel Finkle, m. 1st, Sarah Cox and 2nd, Nel- 
\lyers; set. Sidney. Issue: Mabel and Elmer, (c) Paul 
ule, m. Nina Woof; set. Toronto. Issue: Perry, May, 
Effie, Frankie, Hay den, Jeffrey, Katie and Edward, (d) 
'mot Finkle, m. May Hopkins; set. Toronto. Issue: 
iiard and Queena. (e) John W. Finkle, m. Etta Kelly; 
Sidney. Issue : Raymond. (/) Joseph Finkle, m. Liz- 
/ie Burns; set. Syracuse. Issue: Edna, (g) Ketcham Fin- 
kle, unm. (h) Nancy Finkle, m. Alex Snider; set. Tor- 
onto. Issue: John, Fred, Edith, Mary and Irvin, (i) Abi- 
! Finkle, m. Austin Hogle; set Sidney. Issue: Edward 
A (j) Matilda Finkle, m. George Cox; set. Sidney. Issue: 
Blanche, (fc) Elizabeth Finkle, m. James Moore; set. Fer- 
gus. Issue: Mary and John. (I) Clara Finkle, m. Edward 
Brown; set. Toronto. Issue: Allen, Nelly and Norman. 
) Hannah Finkle, m. Andrew Smith ; set. Toronto ; no 
(n) Alice Finkle, m. Charles Clarke; set. Toronto. 
Issue: Irene, Zella and Owen, (o) Tabitha Finkle, unm. 
ul Finkle, d. young. 

tinkle, b. 1816; d. 1873; m. Maria Ray; b. 1815; 
d. 1865; set. Sidney. Issue: (a) John, (6) Lester, (c) 
Phoebe, (d) Mary, (e) Annie, (/) Maggie, (g) Martha and 

Kt'iie. This family set. in Winconsin. 
Uobert Finkle, unm. 

i Finkle, b. 1818 ; d. 1888 ; m. Catharine BonisteeJ ; set. 
iey. Issue: (a) Wilson Finkle, m. Mina Reed; set. 
.Michigan. Issue: Seymour and Catharine, (b) Bertha Fin- 
kle, unm. 
Henry Finkle, m. 1st, Clarissa Gilbert, and 2nd, Martha 


Creeper. Issue: (a) Stephen Finkle, d. in California. 
(&) Emery Finkle, m. Mary A. Hyde; set. California, (c) 
Abel Finkle, m. Annie Empey; set. Hungerford. (d) and 
(e) Robert and Samuel Finkle, unm. (/) Deborah Finkle, 
m. Mr. Dobbs; set. Western States. Hannah Finkle, 
m. 1st, Charles Finkle and 2nd, James Palmer; set. Sid- 
ney. Issue : by 1st, Frank, Jennie and Bert ; and by 2nd, 
German, (h) Phoebe Finkle, m. Thomas Pearsall; set. 
Kingston, (i) Dency Finkle, m. Herbert Garrison; set. 
Thurlow. Issue: Clara and a son. (j) Nancy Finkle, m. 
1st, Charles Hayes, and 2d, Faulkner; set. Belleville and 
Tweed, (k) Milly Finkle, m. John Mains. 

(7) Emery Finkle, b. 1824; m. 1st, Carolina Hogle, and 2nd, 
Sarah Munroe; set. Sidney. Issue: by 1st, (a) Albert 
Finkle, unm. (6) Manson Finkle, m. Georgia Young; set. 
Sidney. Issue: Ralph, (c) Sarah Finkle, m. Alexander 
Morton, set. Rawdon. Issue: Manson and Charles, (d) 
Martha Finkle, m. Daniel Hyde; set. Sidney. Issue: 
Charles and Ada. 

(8) Jacob Finkle, d. young. 

(9) William Finkle, b. 1828; d. 1875; m. Sarah Huffman; set 
Sidney. Issue: (a) Abel Finkle, m. Jane Kennedy; set. 
Belleville and finally Toronto. Issue : Bertha, William and 
Percy. (&) Jacob Finkle, m. Carrie Spooner; set. Toronto. 
Issue: Abel and Frederick, (c) Philip Finkle, m. Eliza- 
beth Ferguson ; set. Toronto. Issue : William, d. y. ; Harry 
Nelly, Edith, Violet, Albert and Arthur, (d) William Fin- 
kle, m. Lottie Deacon ; set. Belleville. Issue Earnest, Hel- 
en, William and Grace, (e) Charles Finkle, m. Annie Sal- 
ter; Issue: Edna and Charles. (/) Isaiah Finkle, m. 
Mary Kennedy; set. Toronto. No issue. 

(10) Albert Finkle, d. young. 

(11) Nancy Finkle, b. 1820; d. 1875; m. 1st, George Sherry, 
and 2nd, Samuel Eccles; set. U.S. Issue: by 1st, (a) 
George, (6) James and (c) Robert; and by 2nd, (d) Wil- 
liam and (e) Susannah. 

(12) Elizabeth Finkle, d. 1900; m. William McMaster; set. 
Sidney. Issue: (a) Abel McMaster, m. Tabitha Gold- 
smith; set. Dakota. Issue: Minnie and Harold. (&) James 


er, in. Kinimi Ketcheson; set. New York. Issue: 
May, Ketcheson, Hester and Kdgar. 


Hi lersleeve, the founder of the Canadian branch of the 

(Jildersk family, who may properly be called the ''Father of 
Navigation upon the Bay of Quinte," came from Connecticut and 
settled at Bath, about July 1st, 1816. His life for a time is so 
closely conneeted with the Finkle family, that a brief reference to 
the latter 's history, even at the risk of repitition, may not be inap- 

The F inkles are descended from the United Empire Loyalist, 
Dr. George Fiukle, Avho came from Germany when a young man, 
and settled in Dutchess County, New York. Here he acquired very 
considerable landed property, which remained in his possession un- 
til about the close of the American Revolution. His loyalty dur- 
ing this trying period led to the confiscation of his estates, and im- 
pelled him to seek shelter in another land, under the protection of 
the British Crown. 

Of his two sons, one immediately migrated to the further West, 
and is said to have been the founder of the Finkle family in Sid- 
ney. Tl d son, Henry Finkle, entered the Engineers' De- 
partment at Quebec, and also mastered the trade of carpentry, be- 
fore J up the lands to which he was entitled. Subsequently 
he settled on the Front of Ernesttown, and on May 15th, 1788, mar- 
ried Lucy Bleeker. He died, January 15th, 1808. He utilized his 
kno\\ carpentry in erecting the fiist framed house in Upper 
Canada. It was, for its day, quite an imposing mansion. Here, 
JiidL ; man held Court at various times, and in one of the 
re him, inflicted capital punishment. 

The name of Henry Finkle occurs repeatedly in all the early 

rnesttown. Not only was he respected for his means 

-nts, but his kindly disposition seems to have brought 

him no little personal popularity. The marriage register of the 

ii at Bath, shows that he officiated as a witness at in- 

e weddings, among the children of the pioneers. 

lie amassed a very considerable estate, and his widow was en- 

vide their children with the best possible education. 

lighter, Minerva, attended Litchfield Academy, Connecti- 


cut, as the school mate of the sisters Beecher, one of whom subse- 
quently became famous in history and literature as Harriet Beecher 
Stowe, whose celebrated story of " Uncle Tom's Cabin," was in- 
strumental in driving slavery from the Western World. 

Another daughter, Sarah Finkle, attended the same Academy. 
There is some question whether she was born in 1801 or in 1804, 
but in either event she was scarcely more than a child, when her 
future husband, Henry Gildersleeve, arrived in Canada. 

He came from a long line of successful ship builders, includ- 
ing his father, who at that time owned and operated a large ship 
yard, upon the banks of the River Connecticut. Henry had thor- 
oughly learned his trade as shipwright, before coming to Ontario; 
indeed, he was then over thirty years of age, and, as his subsequent 
career would indicate, thoroughly matured; a resourceful, ener- 
getic man of marked executive ability. 

Ship building had already commenced at Finkle 's Point; in- 
deed, it is stated that the steamer "Frontenac" (constructed at a 
cost of one hundred thousand dollars), was launched within a month 
or two after his arrival. It is more likely, however, that this stea- 
mer was finished under his direction. Certain it is that he finished 
two other steamers called, "The Queen Charlotte" and the "Sir 
James Kempt," respectively, and subsequently constructed a num- 
ber of additional steamers, that pli'ed for years between the various 
ports along the Bay of Quinte and Lake Ontario. Among these we 
recall the "Commodore Barry," "The Henry Gildersleeve," "The 
Prince of Wales," "The New Era" and the "Bay of Quinte." An- 
other packet built to ply between Toronto and Niagara, and de- 
clared by Captain Murny to have been the finest boat that he had 
ever seen in Kingston Harbor, is said by a very eminent historian, 
to have been called the "Minerva Ann;" but this is probably an 
error. The names of Minerva and Ann, were borne respectively, 
by the eldest and youngest daughters of Henry Finkle; and this 
title the Minerva Ann was borne not by this packet but by a small 
schooner built for the Widow Finkle. 

We call attention to this detail, because it is important that 
there should be historical accuracy concerning the beginning of 
steam navigation upon the Bay of Quinte ; and already some confu- 
sion is found in the accounts heretofore published. For example, 
the Finkle family undoubtedly took an active part in the shipbuild- 
ing at Finkle 's Point, both before and after the arrival of Henry 


Gilderslct \ , hut that Henry Finkle himself was not connected with 
the build inn- of the "Frontenac," in spite of all assertions to the 
contra rv need by the fact that he died in 1808, while, as we 

have seen, th- hunching of the "Frontenac" occurred in August 
of the . 

His however, was a woman of uncommon shrewdness 

and al>i i u 1 of the first to urge the necessity of bet- 

ter boats, and the feasibility of their construction at Finkle 's Point, 
and beyond doubt, she cooperated with her sons and afterwards 
with her son-in-law, in carrying her views into effect. 

In 1824, Henry Gildersleeve married Sarah Finkle, and his 
descendai traced in the table annexed. In time he passed 

from the building, to the operation and running of steam ships, 
training his mm in every department of the work, and successfully 
carrying on a business that has grown and prospered to this hour. 
He died in Kingston, October 1st, 1851, aged sixty-five. 

He was succeeded in business by his son, Overton Gildersleeve, 
who married Louise, daughter of Chief Justice Draper. He died 
in 1864, and the business was then taken over by his brother 
Charles, as hereafter noted. 

Miss Lueretia Gildersleeve, lives in the fine old homestead, on 
King Street, opposite St. George's Cathedral. She has in her pos- 
session a bugle, that was used on her father 's vessel, and many fam- 
ily records and heirlooms of priceless value, including some pieces 
of silver that came to her mother as a wedding gift. She is a lady 
of cultivation, who has retained as far as possible, the draperies 
and furniture that so appropriately belong to, and are associated 
with the house itself ; and the stately old mansion is also brightened 
by many curios collected by her during years of travel. 

Fuller Gildersleeve, son of Henry Gildersleeve and 

Sarah Fin Kir. was born in Kingston, educated at Upper Canada Col- 

alled to the bar in 1859. Upon the death of his brother 

in 1 - - - . i ied the management of the steamship business, built 

and the "Corinthian," "Norseman," "Maud," "Welsh- 

th King;" and has also owned the "Empress," the 

^uinle," "Hastings" and "Hero," plying between Roch- 

I Port Hope, and Kingston and Belleville. In 1893, he 

he Lake Ontario and Bay of Quinte Steamboat Company, 

ver the vessels owned by him, and of which Company 

at once made general manager. In 1894 he was appointed 


general manager of the Richelieu and Ontario Navigation Co., own- 
ing some twenty-five steamers in active operation and controlling 
the passenger traffic between Toronto, Montreal, Quebec, and the 
Saguenay River. Although before his appointment the stock had 
paid no dividends for years, it at once became, under his manage- 
ment, a good investment. He was instrumental in having built the 
Kingston and Pembroke railroad, and became the President of the 
Company. He took an active part in founding the Kingston 
School of Mines and the Agricultural College. He was chairman 
of the committee, which secured the enlargement of St. George's 
Cathedral, at Kingston. For more than twenty years he was a 
member of the city council, and in 1879, was Mayor of Kingston. 
He is a member of the Liberal party and has been a candidate in 
the Liberal interest for the Provincial Parliament. He i's a mem- 
ber of the Church of England, and also of the A. F. and A.M., 
being the third eldest resident member of the St. John 's Lodge. He 
married Mary E. Herchemer (or Herkimer as the name was for- 
merly spelled), a descendant of Colonel Herkimer, a distinguished 
loyalist, mentioned by Sabine, Ryerson, Canniff and other his- 
torians. Upon her mother's side she was descended from Sir Fred- 
erick McKenzie. Of their children ; Henry resides at Collingwood, 
where he is manager of the Northern Navigation Company ; Maud 
Gertrude, married Colonel Rivers, of the Royal Canadian Artil- 
lery, who is stationed at Ottawa. 

Of the remaining daughters of Henry Gildersleeve, it may be 
mentioned that Sarah married James Grant McDonald, and that 
Gertrude married Rev. Frank Kirkpatrick, son of the late Thomas 
Kirkpatrick, and nephew of the late Sir George Kirkpatrick. 

James Gildersleeve, youngest son and fifth child of Henry and 
Sarah Finkle Gildersleeve, was educated at Kingston, Upper Canada 
College, and Queens University, receiving the degree of LL.B. 
from "Queen's" in 1863. It is an interesting fact that the law fac- 
ulty having been but recently organized, its first graduates to re- 
ceive this degree, was the class of '63. Thus, Mr. Gildersleeve, be- 
ing the first to receive his diploma, enjoys the singular distinction 
of being the first Bachelor of Laws to graduate from this famous 
University. In the same year he was called to the Bar, and con- 
tinued in active practise for the next ten or twelve years; during 
a portion of this time he was in partnership with R. T. Walkem. 
LL.D., now Chancellor of the Diocese of Ontario. 


It w ' 1S7") Hint lie entered the insurance and steamship 

busin* Qg aiM-nt for the Allan ;ind other leading lines. In 

1884, h- '; Registrar of the city of Kingston; and since 

1S!)1, li; ! his entire time to the responsible duties incum- 

bent upon t) >u. In the last named year, he formed a part- 

nership v. his nephew, James Kirkpatrick, who devotes his en- 
lire tin i' iship agencies and the insurance business, now 
can-in! o ,nder the firm name and style of ' ' Gildersleeve and 

Prior to his appointment to his present office, Mr. Gildersleeve 
took an a st in politics, being an earnest member of the 

Liberal party, and high in the counsels of the late Sir Oliver 

He also interested himself in matters municipal, serving as Al- 
derman of the city of Kingston, from 1878 to 1882, inclusive. He 
is a faithful member of the Church of England. He married Julia 
S. Rose, daughter of Isaac N. Rose, a leading citizen of Morrisburg, 
and for ; perintendent of Canals. 



I. Overtoil ( i ildersleeve, m. Louisa Draper. No issue. 

El. Lucivtm ( J ildersleeve, unm. ; set. Kingston. 

III. Charles Gildersleeve, m. Mary Herchemer; set. Kingston. Is- 
sue: (1) Henry and (2) Maud G. 

IV. Sarali Gildersleeve, m. James Grant MacDonald (dead), Mana- 
ger, Merchants Bank at Kingston, and later Manager of the 

Ion and Canadian Loan Company, Toronto. Issue: (1) 

_>) Overton, (3) Reginald and (4) Helen. 

P. Gildersleeve, m. Julia S. Rose. Issue: (1) Mabel, 
Arthur and (3) Emert. 

ie Gildersleeve, m. Rev. Frank Kirkpatrick. Issue : (1) 
!) James, (3) Herbert, (4) Rose, (5) Henrietta and 



i The Charles F. Gildersleeve Branch: 

Henry (J ildersleeve, m. Lucy A. Thompson; set. Collinir- 



(2) Maud G. Gildersleeve, m. Colonel V. B. Rivers; set. Ot- 
tawa. Issue: (a) Marjorie, (&) Charles and (c) Victor. 
See V. The James Gildersleeve Branch : 

(1) Mabel Gildersleeve. 

(2) Arthur Gildersleeve, m. Florence Clark; set. Denver. Is- 
sue: (a) Dorothy and (&) Philip. 

(3) Ernest Gildersleeve, unm. ; set. Kingston. 


Captain Michael Grass was born in Strasburg, Germany. The 
name is said to have been originally ''Kress," the German word 
for Grass. Were the change instituted by the old Loyalist him- 
self, it must have occurred shortly after his emigration to the West- 
ern world; for the name appears under its present form in the 
power of attorney granted to him by George III. in 1783. During 
the hostilities that prevailed between Great Britain and France 
throughout North America, prior to the American Revolution, 
Michael Grass rendered loyal service to the British Crown and be- 
ing captured by the enemy was for some time held as a prisoner of 
war at the French settlement of Cataraqui. He made his escape 
and fled to what was then the English province of New York. Soon 
after Cataraqui was captured by the English under Colonel Brad- 
street; the garrison was transported to Montreal, and the French 
fortress and village of Cataraqui ceased to exist. Its admirable 
location, however, at the source of the River St. Lawrence, could 
not long escape the attention of the British Government; and, it 
was mainly through the instrumentality of Captain Michael Grass, 
that the important city of Kingston so intensely loyal to the Brit- 
ish Crown arose upon the ruins of his former place of captivity. 

It is needless to say that Michael Grass served in the Royal 
ranks during the American Revolution ; his sash and sabre with its 
massive handle of solid silver are still cherished heirlooms among 
his descendants. 

In 1783 began that remarkable movement in North American 
history, known as the United Empire Loyalists movement from the 
United States to Canada, Many of the intrepid patriots sailed 
from the Atlantic seaboard to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 
and, thence, a considerable number made their way to what is now 
the Province of Ontario. 


1 the British authorities desirable 1o direct this 
movci., wards founding a colony at the head waters of the 

River 81 iwrence; ;iud Michael Grass, on account of his keen in- 
telligence, h : loyalty, and his familiarity with this part of 
the coir -.-I'd during, ;ind prior to, his captivity, \vas fre- 
quently c i by tlie general in command and eventually placed 
at the lit 'land of loyalists, who in several ships, ai^d under 
convoy of a British man-of-war, made their way from New York 
to Sorel. Hence a detachment under the command of Captain 
Grass ]>< 1 to Collins Bay. Finding the soil west of the 
Bay, to i he is said to have declared that he had come too 
far to settle upon a rock. However this may be, he picked upon the 
present township of Kingston, and returned with his companions, 
for the winter, to Sorel. He assisted in the surveys, running him- 
self the base line for the township of Kingston; and, under the 
power of attorney issued to him by his Majesty King George III 
he drew the lands for the loyalists, their sons and daughters; his 
own pati -nK embraced one-third of the present city of Kingston. 

He strongly recommended the creation of a separate province 
to the west of Quebec, and cordially welcomed the establishment of 
Upper Canada with the seat of government at First Town or King- 
ston, as it began to be called by the time that Governor Simcoe ar- 
rived and began to organize what is now the Province of Ontario. 
Captain Grass bestirred himself to promote the growth and 
prosperity of the new capital; and the present market, the site of 
the Court House, and the Macdonald park were presented by him 
by deed of gift to the city of Kingston, and to this day, worthily 
perpetuate his memory. He died on April 25th, 1813, having lived 
to see a nourishing city (of which he was the foremost citizen) arise 
upon the ruins of his former place of captivity. That he was not 
unmindful of the great work that he had accomplished is evidenced 
Mowing extract from a letter written by him two years be- 

: and twenty years have rolled away since my eyes for 

I lime beheld the shores of Cataraqui. In that space of 

uy changes have taken place. How many of the seats 

iates are now vacant. . . Yes, seven and twenty 

arce the vestige of a human habitation could be found 

hole extent of the Bay of Quinte. Not a settler had dared 

the vast forests that circled its shores. Kven on the 


spot now covered with stately edifices were to be seen only the bark- 
thatched wigwam of the savage or the newly erected tent of the 
hardy loyalists. That when the ear heard me it blessed me for 
being strong in my attachment to my sovereign and high in the 
confidence of my fellow subjects. I led the loyal band ; I pointed 
out to them the site of their future metropolis and gained for per- 
secuted j).pnciples, a sanctuary ; for myself and followers, a home. ' ' 

Truly it may be said that Captain Michael Grass was the foun- 
der of Kingston; the first citizen of the Bay of Quinte! Hi's de- 
scendants are traced in the table annexed. Many of them are 
scattered, but among them are to be found some of the most sub- 
stantial and prominent citizens of Ontario, who cherish with com- 
mendable pride the traditions of their distinguished ancestry. 

Peter Grass, eldest son of the Pioneer, married Esther, daugh- 
ter of Major John Everett. She is said to have been the first white 
child to be born in Kingston. They had several children, their eld- 
est son and child being Robert Everett Grass, who married first, 
Nancy Purdy of the old and well-known Purdy family, and second, 
Mrs. Hagerman, whose maiden name was Gaitrey Ketcheson and 
whose adventure as a young child lost for eleven days in the for- 
est, has long been a favorite tradition of the Bay district. 

Ruliff Grass, son of Robert Everett Grass and Nancy Purdy 
his wife, and great-grandson of Captain Michael Grass, was educa- 
ted at the Stirling High School and at Victoria College. He en- 
gaged for some twenty years in mercantile business at Frankford, 
and then became, and still is, largely interested in the dredging 
business for the Canadian Government. He now resides in Toronto, 
where he is a leading citizen and recognized as a power in the 
financial world, being Vice-President of the Excelsior Life Insur- 
ance Company, director of the Ontario Bank, etc. Mr. Grass owns 
the sword and sash worn by his famous ancestor, Captain Michael 
Grass, and is thoroughly versed in the early history of Ontario. 

Eva Grass, daughter of the Pioneer, married Peter Wartman. 
The Wartmans, together with the Days, the Herchemers, the 
Purdys, the Everetts, and the Grasses, are reckoned among the 
very first of the United Empire Loyalists. Peter Wartman drew 
lands upon the Lake Shore, and the Royal patent confirming his 
title is now in the possession of his grandson, Henry Richardson. 
His possession, however, had long antedated the receipt of this 
document ; indeed, the Wartman family have held lands granted by 


the Crown since 1784; lands, that at no time during these one hun- 
dred an years, have been incumbered for a single dollar. 
Wartman, son of Henry Wartman, married Hester 
Burdell Day. They had eight children; their daughter, Susanna, 
became the wife of .lames l\iehardson, a leading citizen of Kingston, 
whose lar-< hnsiness since his decease, is carried on by his sons, 
George and Henry. 

Another very distinguished representative and descendant of 
Captaii hael (Jrass, is E . J. B. Pense, M.L.A., editor and pro- 

prietor of the British Whig, Kingston. He is equally prominent in 
the political , newspaper and business world, and enjoys, withal, a 
high <l< well-merited popularity. 



I. Peter (Jrass, m. Esther, dau. of Major John Everett (the first 

white woman born in Kingston) ; set. Lake Shore. Issue: (1) 
Robert. (2) Henry, (3) Daniel, (4) Lewis, (5) John, v (6) 
Jane, and (7) Charles. 

II. John (Jrass, m. Polly Snook; set. Lake Shore. Issue: (1) 

Miehael, (2) Peter, (3) Henry, (4) Tunis, (5) John, (6) 
Lewis, (7) Peggy, (8) Elizabeth, (9) Hannah, and (10) 

III. Daniel Grass, returned to United States and all trace lost of 

him and his descendants. 

IV. Eva (Jrass, m. Peter Wartman. Issue: (1) Daniel, (2) 
Peter, v3) Eva, (4) Margaret, (5) Elizabeth, (6) Katherine, 

Mary, (8) Susanna, and (9) Henry. 

V. i m. Thomas Graham; set. near Portsmouth. Issue: 

(1) George, (2) Henry, (3) Edward, (4) a daughter, (5) 
i, in. Joel Sturgess. 

VI. Polly (Jrass, m. Captain Samson. 


reter Grass Branch-. 

IvoU-rl: Everett Grass, m. 1st, Nancy Purdy, and 2nd, 
PS. Gaitrey Hagerman (nee Ketcheson) ; set. Sidney. 
Issue: by 1st, ( ( a) Peter Grass, m. Annie Bonisteel. (b) 
Deborah Grass, m. Dr. Bolter, M.P. ; set. Stirling, (c) 
Msther Ann Grass, m. Dr. Demorest; set. Stirling. (</) 


Ruliff Grass, m. 1st, Miss Rowe, and 2nd, Sarah Rankin 
(nee Jones) ; set. Frankford and finally Toronto. Issue 
by 1st: John Everett and Florence Lillian (both de- 
ceased) ; and by 2nd, Robert Everett. 

(2) Henry Grass, m. Evaline Marsh; set. Sidney. Issue: (a) 
Peter, m. and had three children, and (6) Charles, m. 
Lulu Ostrom. Issue : Charles, Daniel, Eva, Ellen, Easter, 
Jane, Mary E., Daniel and John. 

(3) Daniel Grass, m. Nancy McGwinne; set. township of 
Kingston. Issue: (a) Esther, d. y., (Z>) Michael, unm., 
and (c) Peter, m. Ella Rundell; set. near Collin's Bay. 

(4) Lewis Grass, m. 1st, Harriet Cowle, and 2nd, Mrs. Cowle, 
a widow; set. Whitby. Issue: by 1st, (a) Thomas H., (Z>) 
Esther, (c) Thomasina, (d) Peter, (e) Charles, (/) 
Arthur Henry, and (g) Alice. 

(5) John Grass, m. Margaret Patterson; set. Kingston. Issue: 
(a) Margaret, (Z>) Francis P., (c) Helena, (d) George, 
(e) Albert E., (/) Robert, and (g) Emma. 

(6) Jane Grass, m. John Wartman; set. Township Kingston. 

(7) Charles Grass, m. Isabel Graham; set. front of Kingston. 
See, II The John Grass Branch: 

(1) Michael Grass, drowned in Misissippi. 

(2) Peter Grass, killed in action in Crimea. 

(3) Henry Grass. 

(4) Tunis Grass, went to Australia. 

(5) John Grass, m. Charlotte Wartman; set. Front of Kings- 
ton. Issue: (a) Sidney, M. D., m. Annie Livingston; 
set. Windsor, (b) Horace, (c) John C., (d) Mary, (e) 
Herchemer, and (/) Lewis. 

(6) Louis Grass, m. Miss Quintell; set. near Collins Bay. 

(7) Peggy Grass, m. Mr. Tobias; set. Richmond. 

(8) Elizabeth Grass, m. James Pense; set. Kingston. Issue: 
(a) Michael Lorenzo Pense, m. Harriet Grace Barker. 
Issue: James P. Pense, P. 0. Kingston, m. 1st, Edith 
Burrows, and 2nd, Elizabeth Wilton. Issue: Elizabeth, 
m. Colonel Gordon; set. Montreal. Issue: Kathleen, (m. 
Arthur Cunningham, barrister, Kingston), Elizabeth, 
Laura and Helen. Edward J. Barker Pense, M.L.A., m. 
1st, Cornelia Marcia Vaughn, and 2nd, Elizabeth Haines 
Hamilton. Issue: Arthur Vaughn, Edward H., (graduate 


of Kingston School of Mines and Queen's University, now 
on Georgian Bay Survey), Edith Grace, Emma Florence, 
Elizabeth Evelyn, and Marjorie Adelaide. (&) John 
Grass Pense, m. Maria Panton; set. Kingston and To- 
ronto, (c) Marshall Pense; set. United States. (d) 
Katherine Pense; set. Collins Bay, d. unm. (e) Charles 
Pense; set. Kingston and finally Owen Sound. (/) 
Alfred Pense; set. Collins Bay. 
(9) Hannah Grass, m. 1st, James Lessee, and 2nd, Lawrence 


(10) William Grass, m. and set. Rochester. 
See IV. The Eva Grass Wartman Branch: 

(1) Daniel Wartman, m. Mary Day; set. Front of Frontenac. 

(2) Peter Wartman, m. Rhoda Shibley; set. Front of Fronte- 

(3) Elizabeth Wartman, m. Joseph Merritt; set. Sidney. See 
Merritt families. 

(4) Katherine Wartman, m. John Cavilier; set. Belleville. 

(5) Eva Wartman, m. Mr. Wright; set. United States. 

(6) Margaret Wartman, m. Mr. Holgate; set. near Port Hope. 

(7) Mary Wartman, m. John Coon; set. Sidney. 

(8) Henry Wartman, m. Hester B. Day; set. Front of Fronte- 
nac. Issue: (a) Henry Wartman, m. Anna Gibson; set. 
old homestead. Issue: Alex, Harold and Arthur. (&) 
Mary Wartman, m. William Gould; set. Holmesville, Out. 
Issue: Harriet, m. Dr. William G. Anglin; set. Kingston; 
Mabel, m. Benton Ward ; set. New York ; Elizabeth, George, 
William and Henry, (c) Harriet Wartman, m. Rev. E. 
S. Shorey, Methodist minister; set. Sidenham. Issue: 
Edwin Gould, M.D. ; set. Honolulu ; Sidney, Lewis, and 
Susanna. (d) Hester Amanda Wartman, m. B. B. 
Brewer, dentist in San Francisco. Issue: Florence E., 
and William, (e) Matthew Wartman, m. and d. in West 
Indies without issue. (/) Susanna Wartman, m. James 
Richardson; set. Kingston. Issue: George Richardson, 
m. Agnes McCoslin, of Aylmer, Ont. ; set. Kingston. 
(Issue: Agnes, Kathleen, James, and George) ; and Henry 
Richardson, m. Alice Ford; set. Kingston. (Issue: Eliza- 
beth, Eva, Mabel, Henry, Robert, and John Burdett.) 
(g) Lewi's Wartman, and (h) Calvin Wartman, d. unm. 


(9) Susanna Wartman, m. Calvin Day; set. Front of Fronte- 
nac. Issue: (a) Peter, and (6) Calvin. 


James Gunn, who was the father of Alexander Gunn, now 
Postmaster of Kingston, and for many years the representative of 
that historic city in the Dominion Parliament, came, with his wife 
and family, and settled at Kingston in 1842. He had been a 
farmer and contractor in Scotland, and pursued the latter avoca- 
tion until his death in 1854. His wife (whose maiden name was 
Jane Sherer) predeceased him upon the 28th day of August, 1842 
within less than thirty days after their arrival in Kingston. 

They had six children: 

Alexander Gunn, the eldest son and child, married Ange- 
lique Agnes Matthews. 

The second son, William Gunn, of the wholesale firm of Rim- 
mer, Gunn & Co., Montreal, was first married at Melbourne, Aus- 
tralia ; his second wife was Letitia Ramage, of Kingston. He died 
in London, England, January, 1900. 

A third son, James Gunn, and the eldest daughter, Janet, died 
in infancy. 

Of the remaining daughters it may be noted that Christina 
married Rev. George Porteous, well known in the ministry through- 
out the counties of Hastings, Frontenac and Dundas; and that 
Margaret married Dr. Moore, and settled in Kingston. 

From an early age Alexander Gunn manifested a decided 
taste for mercantile pursuits. He entered the grocery business, 
and in time became the head of the large and well-known whole- 
sale house of Alexander Gunn & Co. This firm did an extensive 
business ; it was widely and favorably known far beyond the limits 
of Ontario; with correspondents from Boston to San Francisco, 
and from Halifax to Vancouver. They competed with the large 
houses of Montreal and fairly outdistanced their competitors of 

In 1878 Mr. Gunn was prevailed upon to stand as a candi- 
date in the Liberal interests against the late Sir John A. Mac- 
donald. It seemed to many a hopeless contest, but when the votes 
were counted, the entire Dominion was electrified by the intelli- 
gence that Sir John was beaten; and Alexander Gunn took his 


pl;n-< ( 'ommons as the representative of Kingston. This 

victor;. !rou^ht him into national prominence, and he was a^ain 
returned at the general elections in 1882, this time defeating Dr. 
Mich;i ivan, now a member of the Dominion Senate. Mr. 

Gunn A\ a candidate in 1887, being defeated by Sir John 

A. Ma<<: (Id. In 1894 he retired from business, having been 
appointed Postmaster of Kingston. 

Mr. (lun n received a thorough, if brief, schooling, while still 
a lad in s .Hand; but he has been largely his own preceptor. He 
is a constant reader and a student of history, past and present; he 
has travel!'-! extensively, and his mind is stored with varied a,nd 
accurate information. His political success can not be attributed 
neither to his ambition or to the ordinary arts of the politician. lie 
entered with unfeigned reluctance upon his career; he made no 
effort to court mere passing popularity, but at all times remained, 
as he ie to-day, independent in his views and fearless in their ex- 

Mr. diimi had six children. Of these, Janet Kathleen died 
in 1893, and Ernest Grant in 1891. Two sons, Norman Matthews 
and William Sherer Gordon, have cast their fortunes with the com- 
ing province of Alberta. 

His daughter, Mayie Valliere Gunn, married R. Harcourt 
Smith, of Quebec. They have one child, Alexandra Harcourt 
Carrini>ton. His son, James Alexander Gunn, married Mary 
Alexandra Carr Harris. They reside at Cairo, Egypt, and have 
one child, Kathleen Alexandra. 


John drmige, Ihe pioneer of this family, came from Scot- 
land i da in 1795. He brought with him a letter of recom- 
mendation from the minister of his parish, a document still legible 
and fondly treasured by his descendants at Napanee. He married 
! -Kim, a daughter of the doughty loyalist, Sergeant Mc- 
is born at Three Rivers, Quebec, when the family were 
>ni the United States to their future home in Ontario. 
Me Kims settled at a point near Bath, while John Grange 
i>ack of what is now the town of Napanee. He was 
iirht by trade, and built the first mill in that part of the 


country, for Richard Cartwright, the grandfather of Sir Richard 

William Grange, the eldest son of the pioneer, was the first 
white child to be born in Napanee, and his son, John T. Grange, 
to-day, is in citizenship, the eldest citizen of Napanee. Born Janu- 
ary 30, 1837, he served as Councillor and Reeve, and in 1867 was 
defeated by Sir Richard Cartwright, in the first general elections 
for the Dominion Parliament. He was elected to the Provincial 
Parliament of Ontario in 1871, and re-elected in 1875; his service 
terminating in 1879. For many years he and his brother Alexander 
W. carried on the drug business in Napanee. He was also proprie- 
tor of the paper mills at Newburgh, and for years was associated 
with the tea business of Daly, Grange & Company. At present he 
is engaged in insurance; he is town and county auditor. Mr. 
Grange attends the Methodist Church; he is a faithful member of 
the Conservative party, and his fraternal affiliations include the 
A. F. and A. M., the I. 0. F., and the A. 0. U. W. 

His brother, Alexander W. Grange, to whom reference has 
already been made, resides at Napanee, and is at present devoting 
himself exclusively to the business interests of Daly & Company. 
He is a strong Conservative, a member of the Methodist Church, 
and belongs to the A. 0. U. W. His son, Edward Wilkinson 
Grange, is a writer upon the Toronto Mail and Empire, and 
travelled with Hon. J. P. Whitney throughout the province dur- 
ing the campaign that preceded the general electrons of 1905. 

A. W. Grange has never aspired to any political preferment, 
but he has served for many years as school trustee, and takes a 
keen interest in public and municipal affairs. 



I. William Grange, m. Ann Wilkinson ; set. old homestead. Issue : 

(1) Elizabeth, (2) Nancy, (3) John T., <4) Alexander W., (5) 
George S., (6) Jane, (7) Martha, (8) Thomas, and (9) 

II. James Grange, m. Mary Sexsmith. Issue: (1) Robert, (2) 
John, and (3) James. 

III. Hannah Grange, m. 1st, Daniel Schermerhorn, and 2nd, Elias 


IV. J in. John Liimpshirr. 

V. 1 ige, in. Eli/alx'th McJennett. 

VI. i. Robert Dennison. 

See f ^'illiam (Irainn Branch: 

ili <i range, m. Thomas Sexsmith; set. Syracuse, 

(inmgo, m. Samuel McLean Detlor; set. Nap- 
issue: (a) George H., (6) Annie, and (c) Mary. 
(3) John T. Grange, m. 1st, Jane Ann Scales, and 2nd, 
Parrett Bicknell. Issue: by 1st, (a) Thomas W., 
druggist at Newburgh. (6) William A., barrister, (Her- 
rington, Warner & Grange, Napanee). (c) Maria S., 
Anna G., m. W. K. Pruyn, merchant, Napanee. 
>ue: William G., student at McGill's, and Alice G.) 
Katherine A., m. W. Allen Shaw; set. Toronto. (/) 
Margaret, m. Herbert Robertson; set. Kingston. (Issue: 
Donnelley, and Herbert) ; and (g) Mary M., unm., teacher 
in public schools, Napanee. 

:der W. Grange, m. Annabella Daly; set. Napanee. 
iie: (a) Edward W., B.A. ; set. Toronto. (6) George 
IV, (c) Helen A., B.A., University of Toronto, (d) 
Gladys, (e) Constance, (f) Grace, and (g) George. 

(5) George S. Grange, m. Hettie Switzer; set. London, Ont. 
No issue. 

(6) Jane Grange, m. Peter L. Bogart; set. Napanee. 
Martha Grange, m. Joseph L. Hay dock. 

(8) Thomas Grange, m. Elizabeth McJennett; set. Napanee. 
Issue: Three sons and three daughters. 
Hannah Grange, m. Gilbert McGreer. 


to the invitation and advice of his brother-in-law, 

lew years previously settled in Adolphustown, David 

i> Canada. Before he sailed from Ireland, which hap- 

Iho year 1820, he was a weaver in the north; and, 

'! a young man, had married an Irish girl called Annie 

!<!, who was first cousin of Sir John A. Macdonald, the 

Of Canada. 



The young couple, with their two children, started on their 
voyage, which lasted over six weeks. Two of their fellow passen- 
gers died while on the ocean. 

On arriving in Upper Canada the Glenns first settled on Hay 
Bay, where they remained for ten years, the father profitably 
plying his trade as a weaver. But his sons were growing up, and 
recognizing the help he could obtain from them, he removed' to 
Ameliasburg, and bought two hundred .acres on the second con- 
cession for four dollars an acre. 

He continued, however, to ply his trade as a weaver no less 
profitably in Ameliasburgh than he had on Hay Bay; and his 
customers included the greater part of the people settled between 
the Carrying Place and Roblin's Mills and Mountain View. A 
China coverlet, or bed quilt, woven by him is now in the posses- 
sion of the family of his son, William, who, with a very natural 
pride and proper respect, regards it as a memento of much worth. 

He died in 1864 at the age of seventy-five years, and was sur- 
vived two years by his faithful wife. 

Their sons, Alexander and Robert Glenn, were at school with 
Sir John A. Mafcdonald, who was a tartar for mischief; and they 
served at Toronto in the Rebellion of 1837. On receiving the call 
to duty they left their farms and started just as they were to join 
their company, which was under the command of Capt. William 

A third son, Samuel Glenn, served at Kingston as a sergeant 
during the Fenian Raid of 1866. The company, which was under 
the command of Capt. Thomas Lauder, assembled at Roblin 's Mills, 
where many people were gathered to bid them farewell. Samuel's 
son, a mere boy at school at the time, was also there to see his 
father off, and displayed a great interest in all that was going 
on. In the armory there was just one uniform left, made to fit a 
very small and slight man, probably intended for use by a bugler. 
The boy suggested wearing this uniform, to which his father 
agreed, and so, without taking the Queen's shilling, James E. 
Glenn donned the Queen's uniform, and marched against the 
Fenians, being the youngest member of the whole battalion. Both 
father and son were rewarded with the Fenian Raid medal and 
grants of land in New Ontario. They live on adjacent farms in 
the third concession of Ameliasburg. 

Besides the Fenian medal, James E. Glenn has the Long 


Medal, which he was the first 111:111 in Prince Kdward to 
> rosfe to Hie rank of Captain in the Militia, hMiir in 
i of the Consivon Company for ten years, and resigned 
Now he is Captain of the AmHiashurj: Rille Asso- 
iit; sixty ineinbers of which avail themselves of the 
pri\ shooting on the fine range near the Centre Church. 

!enn taught school in Ameliasburg for twenty-five 
n of which were spent in the Adams school. He 
enter--'! the Council in 1881, and has since served as Deputy Reeve 
and and, in 1894, as Warden of the county. In 1901 he 

was appointed Township Treasurer of Ameliasburg, succeeding W. 
A. Brtekman, and is still holding that important office. He owns a 
farm .f two hundred and thirty-five acres on the 3rd concession. 



I. Alexander Glenn, m. Catherine Benson ; set. Ameliasburg. 

Issue: (1) Robert, (2) Sarah A., (3) Charles, (4) Alexander, 
and (5) Mary. All this family, with the exception of Sarah 
A. m. and set. in Saginaw. Sarah A. Glenn, m. Joseph 
Brown; set. Trenton. Issue: (a) Charles. 

II. Robert Glenn, m. Catharine Covert; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: 
(1) Dempsey, (2) Abner, (3) James, (4) John, (5) Nelson, 
and (6) Mary E. 

III. Charles Glenn, m. Cinderella Rogers; set. Ameliasburg. 

ie: (1) William IL, (2) Reuben F., (3) Oscar, (4) David, 
(5) Annie, (6) S. Eleanor, (7) Mary E., and (8) Etta. 

IV. Samuel Glenn, m. Susan Mills; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: 
(1) James E., (2) John, (3) Samuel, (4) Joseph L., and (5) 
Robert C. 

David Glenn, m. Mary A. Clinton; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: 
(1) Emma, (2) Ella, and (3) Addie. , 

William Glenn, m. Catharine Morden; set. Ameliasburg. 

i' : (1) Carrie M., and (2) Bertha. 
VII. Mary A. Glenn, m. Thomas Wiggins; set. Belleville. No 

VI U- Sarah M. Glenn, m. Henry J. Parliament. Issue: (1) Ilat- 

'i- y- 

tiliza J. Glenn, m. William II. Adams; set. Ilillier. Issue: 


(1) Thomas H., (2) Dill, (3) Harriet, (4) Susannah, (5) 
Samuel, (6) Albert, (7) Laura, (8) Mary, (9) Reuben, (10) 
Ella, and (11) Minnie. 

See II. The Robert Glenn Branch: 
(l)Dempsey Glenn, d. unm. 

(2) Abner Glenn, m. Sarah Michael; set. Ameliasburg. No 

(3) James Glenn, m. Maggie Tyler; set. Seymour. 

(4) John Glenn, m. Josephine Michel; set. Brighton. Issue: 
(a) Pearl. 

(5 afcd 6) Nelson Glenn, and Mary E. Glenn, d. unm. 
See III. The Charles Glenn Branch : 

(1) William H. Glenn, m. Sophia Brickman; set. Amelias- 
burg. No issue. 

(2) Reuben F. Glenn, unm.; set: Ameliasburg. 

(3) Oscar Glenn, m. Alwilda Ferguson; set. on old David 
Glenn homestead in Ameliasburg. Issue: (a) Ethel G. 

(4) David Glenn, m. and set. Lansing, Mich. 

(5) Annie Glenn, m. Aaron Babcock; set. Ameliasburg. 
Issue: (a) Charles, (6) Alberta, (c) Nora, and (d) 

(6) S. Eleanor Glenn, m. Ambrose Pritchard; set. Chicago. 
Issue: (a) Wilbur, and (6) Jennie. 

(7) Mary E. Glenn, m. Peter DeLong; set. Ameliasburg. 
Issue: (a) Ralph, (&) D. Ross, (c) Helena, (d) Tracy 
L., (e) Hazel G., and (/)* Nellie M. 

(8) Etta Glenn, trained nurse; unm.; set. Buffalo. 
See IV. The Samuel Glenn Branch: 

(1) James E. Glenn, m. Rosannah Goodmurphy; set. Ameli- 
asburg. No issue. 

(2) John Glenn, unm.; set. Ameliasburg. 

(3) Samuel Glenn, went to the States twenty-five years ago 
and has never since been heard" of. 

(4) Joseph L. Glenn, d. y. 

(5) Robert C. Glenn, m. Phoebe Goodmurphy; set. Saginaw. 
No issue. , 

See V. The David Glenn Branch: 

(1) Emma Glenn, unm.; set. Brighton. 


Ella Glenn, m. David Sprung: set. Ameliaslmru. No issue. 
- li( Olenn, m. David Davidson; set-. Brighton. Issue: 
term, (6) Marjorie, and (c) Morley. 
William Glenn Branch: 

He M. Glenn, m. Francis Hall; set. Murray. 
rthn Glenn, unm. ; set. Amelias! >nrir. 


The Goodwins belong to a good old Catholic family; and John 
himself was born near Dungannon, Ireland. He had 
six c . who all claim the Emerald Isle as their birthplace. 

The !. lily having decided on seeking their fortunes in Canada, 
anci ianded in Quebec, came westward as far as Prince 

Edwani County, noted Picton and its surroundings, and went on 
to Cr,i!".-ihe township, County of Northumberland. They were not 
favorably impressed by their location, and made lip their minds 
to retrace their steps a little way eastward. They went as far as 
the Township of Athol, and settled m Cherry Valley, at the head 
of East Lake, where the Pioneer found employment with Simeon 
Washburn in the general store of what was fast becoming a village, 
and where a succession of storekeepers (including Mr. Brown, the 
present owner of the store and postmaster), have had a profitable 
business. The Pioneer continued two years in the store, and then 
-ed a farm in the township, in connection with which he made 
t-ency, and where he died at the age of seventy-five years. 
His wife died in 1825, aged fifty years. 

eldest son, Owen, had a farm in Hillier, consisting of one 

hundred acres, and had a fair measure of success during his* occu- 

>n. His next son, Frank, commenced farming, first in Athol, 

'e he cultivated one hundred acres, and then removed to Wau- 

, where he continued to farm until his death. His third son, 

i, had a farm in Athol. Robert, a son of John and grandson 

, ioneer, has lands in Athol, where he is known as a success- 

ner and a raiser of stock. He is not unmindful of other 

upon his talents and energy, having been town councillor 

.>ol trustee. George W. Goodwin, another grandson of the 

resides in Picton. He is fond of books and selects his 

with care and judgment. James, the youngest son, was. 

the rest, a farmer. He succeeded to the old homestead in 



I. Owen Goodwin, m. Mary Monahan; set. Hilli'er. Issue: (1) 

Mary, (2) Eleanor, (3) Edward, (4) William, (5) Mary J., 
(6) John, (7) Patrick, (8) Henry, and (9) Catharine. 

II. Frank Goodwin, m. Ellen Shannon; set. Waupoos. Issue: (1) 
John, (2) Michael, (3) Alexander, (4) Susan, (5) James, (6) 
Margaret A., (7) Dennis, and (8) Daniel. 

III. John Goodwin, m. Sarah Weeks; set. Athol. Issue: (1) 
James, (2) Catharine, (3) Phoebe A., (4) Frank, (5) Mary, 

(6) Martha, (7) George W., (8) Eliza, (9) Robert, (10) 
Hannah, (11) William H., (12) Annie, (13) Ella, and (14) 

IV. Mary Goodwin, m. William Ryan; set. Athol. Issue: (1) 
John, (2) Mary, (3) Keron, (4) Rosanna, (5) Patrick, (6) 
Margaret, and (7) William. 

V. James Goodwin, m. Margaret Shannon ; set. Athol. Issue : ( 1 ) 
Mary, (2) Catharine, (3) John, (4) Hugh, (5) Rose, (6) 
Michael, (7) Patrick, and (8) Isabella. 

VI. Rosanna Goodwin, m. John McCaw ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) Mary, (2) Ann, (3) Jane, (4) Rosa, (5) John, (6) Ella, 

(7) Hannah, and (8) Sarah. 

See III. The John Goodwin Branch: 

(1) James Goodwin, d. unm., aged 46 yrs. 

(2) Catharine Goodwin, m. Daniel O'Keefe; set. Belleville. 

(3) Pheobe A. Goodwin, m. Allan M. Young; set. Athol. No 

(4) Frank Goodwin, unm.; set. Athol. 

(5) Mary Goodwin, m. Patrick Bond; set. Athol. 

(6) Martha Goodwin, unm.; set. Picton. 

(7) George W. Goodwin, m. Bridget Smith; set. Picton. No 

(8) Eliza Goodwin, unm.; set. Athol. 

(9) Robert G. Goodwin, m. 1st, Margaret Way, and 2nd. 
Celia McKenna; set. Athol. Issue: by 1st, (a) John, 
and by 2nd, (1)) Llewellyn, (c) William, (d) Kathleen, 
and (e) Mark. > 

(10) Hannah Goodwin, m. Lawrence Way; set. Tamworth. 


(a) William, (&) George, (c) Allen, (d) Aileen, 
' !: Tiraret, (/) Raymond, (g) Adian, and (h ) Helen. 

i II. Goodwin, unm. ; set. Athol. 

:iie Goodwin, m. John Moore; set. Picton. Issue: (a) 
and (6) Sarah. 

odwin, m. Clayton Morrison; set. Alexander, Man. 
(14 Bn m ti )>dwin, m. David Shannon; set. Picton. Issue: 
<ienevieve, and (6) David A. 


Joh line, born on Long Island, New York, in 1769, was 

of Dutch descent, his father having been born in Holland. There 
is a tradition in the family (of which, however, only the outline 
has been retained), of a dramatic, even tragic character, to the 
effect, that his father and some brothers left America for Canada; 
whet! went together or at different times is unknown, but, 

as tl goes, his father was killed and scalped by Indians 

while he was on his way. Whether his brothers shared the same 
fate, the tradition does not say; but if they made their escape, 
nothing more has been heard of them. 

Job -line is therefore the Canadian pioneer. He came 

to Prince Kdward County and followed the trade of a weaver for 

some -Luring which time he settled on the second concession 

irgh. By and by he dropped the weaving business 

and concentrated himself upon the tillage of his farm, and the 

raisi lock. He was one of the first to select and breed a 

ss of horses; he could not be excelled at that time as 

a h- der, and his fair reputation in the breeding of horses 

lias i increasing to this day. He was a popular neighbor 

and h mhl\ esteemed for his business capacity; in politics he was 

ive. He married twice; his first wife was Jane, a 

' of the pioneer, Abraham Cronk, and his second wife was 


" < <i'i-ssline is the only son of the Pioneer alive to-day, and 
ow in his eighty-fifth year. He resides on the old honie- 
, Assesses the original deed of the farm, dated 1 

witness thai, the land was originally drawn ly one 
G Brook. Attached to the deed is the hn^e seal ol' wax uni- 


versally used at this time for attesting the Royal grants to the 

As will be seen by the table annexed, John Gorssline had 
fourteen children; some of them left no descendants; Catherine 
Gorssline, who married Daniel Lucas, removed to Michigan ; others 
intermarried with various well-known families of Prince Edward 

Abbot Gorssline, son of Abraham and Brasilia Beech Gorss- 
line, and grandson of the pioneer, married Sarah Way, and had 
two children, Euretta, who married Frank Lent, and Elgin W. 

Reuben Gorssline, ninth son of the pioneer, purchased Robert 
H. Salyor's farm in 1882 and resided there until his death in 
1895, when the property came by devise to his son, Rickerson, 
who married Helena C., granddaughter of Rev. Frederick Myers. 
Her mother belonged to the Worden family, and after her father's 
return from Australia, the family improved and cultivated some 
lands that had come to Mrs. Frederick from her grandfather, 
Asa Worden. 

Mr. and Mrs. Rickerson Gorssline have two children ; Maud 
who is a student of music, and Raymond, who is taking a course 
of instruction at the Bellevue Hospital. 



I. Abraham Gorssline, m. Drusilla Beech; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue: (1) Robert H., (2) Adeline, (3) Melvina, (4) George 
M., (5) Abbot, (6) Andrew, (7) John, (8) Elizabeth, and (9) 
Jacob H. 

II. Nathaniel Gorssline, d. unm. 

III. Almina Gorssline, m. George Cronk; set. Tyendinaga. Issue: 
(1) Reuben, (2) James, and (3) Eliza. , 

IV. Letty Gorssline, m. George Clapp; set. South Marysburg. No 

V. Catherine Gorssline, m. Daniel Lucas, and the 'family removed 
to Michigan, after the death of the parents. 

VI. John Gorssline, m. Jane Fox; set. Sophiasburgh. No issue. 

VII. Phoebe Gorssline, m. Reuben Way ; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue : 
(1) Elizabeth, unm.; set. Sophiasburgh. 


r lll i A. Gorssline, m. Rebecca Mastin; set. Tyendin, 

< ) Samuel, and (2) Eliza J. 

IX. I ' ssline, in. 1st, Jane DeMillc, and 2nd, Sarah A. 

:. Tyciidina^a. Issue by 1st, (1) Rickcrson, (2) 
3) Isaac, and (4) Richard II.; and by 2nd, (5) 

X. Li -inn.; set. Sophiasburgh. 

XL y\ line, m. Isaac Fox; set. Issue: (1) 

MaryJ., (3) Henry, (4) Philip J., (5) James, 
(6) Lu.-y M., (7) Malissa J., and (8) Jacob. 

XII. Eli/abet h (Jorssline, m. John Cronk; set. Northport. Issue: 
(1) Harvey, (2) Samuel, and (3) Sarah A. 

XIII. Ja.<-.ib tiorssline, m. Roxana Clapp; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Malissa, (2) Elda J., and (3) William. 

XIV. SaraJi (iorssline, m. George Beech; set. Ameliasburgh. Issue: 
(1) Calista, (2) Elizabeth J., (3) A. Augusta, and (4) 



See I. Tin- Abraham Gorssline Branch: 

(1) Robert H. Gorssline, m. Susan Tripp; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (a) Wellington, (b) Drusilla, (c) Dewilias, (d) 
Elizabeth, (e) Phoebe, (/) Flavius, and (g) Almina. 

(2) Adeline Gorssline, m. John S. Anderson; set. Hillier. 

ie : (a) Hallett. 

(3) Melvina Gorssline, m. Caleb Johnson; set. Hillier. No 


(4) George M. Gorssline, m. Emmeline Tripp ; set. Sophias- 

gh. Issue: (a) Sanford B., (6) Matilda, (c) John, 
(d) Edith, (e) Isaac, an (/) Clarence. 

(5) Abbot Gorssline, m. Sarah Way; set. Sophiasburgh. 

ie: (a) Euretta, m. Frank Lent; set. Hillier. (Issue: 
;>ot). (6) Elgin W. 

Andrew Gorssline, m. and set. Rochester, N.Y. No issue. 
-John Gorssline, m. Phoebe Osborne; set. Minnesota. 
ue: (a) Edith. 

i/abeth Gorssline, m. Alfred Way; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (a) John. 

laroh II. Gorssline, in. Miss Cannvri^ht; set. Sophias- 
1'iirgh. No issue. 


See IX. The Reuben Gorssline Branch: 

(1) Rickerson Gorssline, d. y. 

(2) Sarah A. Gorssline, m. Edward Spencer; set. Richmond 
township. Issue: (a) John, and (6) Absalom. 

(3) Isaac Gorssline, d. unm. 

(4) Richard H. Gorssline, unm. 

(5) Rickerson Gorssline, m. Helena C. Myers; set. Hallowell. 
Issue: (a) Maud A., and (6). Raymond M. 


Marvel Garrison was the founder of this family in Upper 
Canada. We can at best only give his birthplace as somewhere on 
the Hudson, but his name was destined to be historic, as he came 
to Canada with Major VanAlstine's party, and married Mary 
Roblin, daughter of John Roblin, who was also a member 
of the expedition. This fixes the date of his arrival at 
Adolphustown as June 16, 1784. He was among those 
who suffered heavy material loss through espousing the 
British cause in the Revolution. The confiscated property of 
the family was extensive and valuable, being rated so high as to 
place the owners in a position not only of solid comfort, but even 
of opulence. On his arrival in Canada he selected upwards of 
four hundred acres of bush land in Adolphustown, which he lost 
no time in reducing to agricultural uses. His older sons were of 
an age to help him from the beginning; and, before many years 
had gone by, a large part of the property had been cleared and 
placed under cultivation, and a, substantial dwelling, flanked by 
spacious outbuildings, erected. But the Pioneer was not yet satis- 
fied; if there was a niche to be filled within the radius of his 
supervision, he was not the man to see it empty. A hotel was 
needed to meet the requirements of the district, and this too he 
built, and it became a widely known and favorite hostelry for years 
to come. But his fund of energy was not yet exhausted. The 
campaigns of the war of defence suggested to the Imperial Gov- 
ernment the necessity of a connection between Lake Ontario and 
Montreal other than the St. Lawrence, and in 1827 the Rideau 
Canal was projected and the work begun. Marvel Garrison dur- 
ing the whole time of construction was engaged upon it as a con- 
tractor, and so managed as to clear a large amount of money. The 

c.-in;il . he concentrated his energy at liis home on Hay 

Bay, ea; niiim operations on a more extensive scale, 

and late .-roprietor of the flour and saw mills at Mil- 

f'ord. P ;!'"tmie lie bestowed farms upon bis s<m^ 

that, at h wbieb oeeiirred in 1857, lie could look round and 

see 1 linn \eeption of those who went to the United 

States) < lied within easy travelling reaeh of the 

old homes; as eighty-four years of age when he died; bis 

wife bad t-0, being then in her seventieth year. 

Ma- did eredit to himself, to his ancestry, and to 

the noble hand of United Empire Loyalists with whom he helped 
to create Oi He did not concern himself much with the poli- 

tics of bi> his hands were occupied with work that taxed to 

the full his untiring energy and remarkable business capacity. He 
was noted for kt ping the finest bred horses of the district, and 
did much !; , le and advice to give to both the horses and 

the stock of the county the high place which is theirs to-day. 

Ma? nson's daughter, Rhoda, married James Dulmage, 

and Alar -on, a granddaughter, married Peter Empey, thus 

establish -nnection with two good families of German de- 

scent in the f. unity. Mary A. Dulmage, granddaughter of the 
Pioneer, 1 Murney Ackerman, a descendant of Edward 

Ackerman. Lewis Garrison, a grandson, married Almira C. Palen, 
of the well-known Palen family, and settled in Athol. 



I. John Garrison, m. Betsy Loist; set. Lennox Co. Issue: (1) 

. (2) Peter, and (3) Elizabeth. 

II. ' ison, m. 1st, William Kennedy, and 2nd, Frank 

. set, Frontenac Co. Issue: by 1st, (1) William; 
-'mi, (2) Peter, (3) Reuben, and (4) Marvel. 

III. Philip Garrison, m. Christine Loist; set. Hay Bay. Issue: 

tin, (2) Mary, (3) Margaret, and (4) Philip, 
iarrison, m. Christine Schumann; set. Lennox Co. 
1* Garret, (2) Baltis, (3) Jane, (4) Mary, (5) Ma,r- 
(3) Marvel. The father d. 1871, aged (15 \ rs. : the 
IS! )|), aged 75 yrs. 
A. (Jarrison, m. Lydia Ostrander; set. Athol. Issue: 


(1) Matilda, (2) Isabel, (3) Lewis E., (4) William, (5) Reu- 
ben R., (6) Samuel 0., (7) David, and (8) Charles. The 
father d. 1875, aged 68 yrs. ; the mother 1896, aged 83 yrs. 

VI. Reuben Garrison, m. and set. in California. 

VII. Jonas Garrison, m. and set. in California. 

VIII. Rhoda Garrison, m. James Dulmage; set. S. Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Alonzo, (2) Mary A., and (3) Charles. 

IX Jane Garrison, m. Henry Loist; set. Hay Bay. Issue: (1) 
Henry M., (2) Philip, (3) Michael, and (4) Rhoda A. 

X. Marvel Garrison, m. 1st, Nancy Graham, and 2nd, Mary 
Faress; set. Hay Bay, on homestead, and finally Port Huron. 
Issue: by 1st, (1) Roblin, (2) Sophia, (3) John, (4) Matilda, 
(5) Henry, (6) Jane, (7) Howard; and by 2nd, (8) James, 
(9) Louis, (10) Thomas, and (11) Charles. 

XI. Matilda Garrison, m. Stephen Spencer ; set. Lennox Co. Issue : 
(1) Enos, (2) Matilda, and (3) a son. 

XII. Christie A. Garrison, m. James Sharp ; set. Deseronto. Issue : 
(1) Jonas, (2) Joseph, (3) Mary J., (4) Elizabeth A., (5) 
Philip, (6) Edward, (7) Robert, and (8) Rhoda A. 

See III. The Philip Garrison Branch: 

(1) Martin Garrison, m. Esther Sharp; set. Hay Bay. Issue: 
(a) Jonas, (b) Gilbert, (c) Reuben, (d) Mary, (e) Mar- 
tin, (/) Henry, and (g) Hester. 

(2) Mary Garrison, d. y. 

(3) Margaret Garrison, m. Nelson Diamond; set. Toronto. 
Issue: (a) Annie, (b) Thomas, (c) Nellie, (d) Davis, 
and (e) Ada. 

(4) Philip Garrison, d. unm. 
See V. The Garrett Garrison Branch: 

(1) Matilda Garrison, m. James Burlingham; set. Athol. No 

(2) Isabel Garrison, d. y. 

(3) Lewis E. Garrison, m. Almira C. Palen; set. Athol. Issue: 
(a) Myers P. Garrison, (b) Morris P. Garrison. 

(4) William Garrison, m. Eliza Presten; set. Athol. Issue: 
{a) Letitia Garrison, m. Norman McKibbon; set. Chicago; 
no issue; and (b) Lewis R. Garrison, unm. 

(5) Reuben Garrison, m. Melissa Palmatier; set. Athol. Issue: 
(a) Eva, and (b) Lydia. 

South Marysburg 


(6) Samuel Garrison, m. Azuba Striker; set. Oregon, U.S. 
Issue: (a) Garrett, (6) Bruce, and (c) Samuel. 

(7) Nelson Garrison, m. Sarah Dulmage; set. Athol. Issue: 
(a) Cora, unm. ; set. Buffalo. 

(8) Garrett Garrison, m., and set. British Columbia. Issue: 
(a) Eeuben, (&) Lydia, (c) Matilda, and (d) Christie. 

See VIII. The Rhoda Garrison Branch: 

(1) Alonzo Dulmage, m. Margaret Driver; set. Watertown. 
No issue. 

(2) Mary A. Dulmage, m. Murney Ackerman; set. Picton. 
Issue: (a) Nellie, and (5) Florence. 

(3) Charles Dulmage, d. y. 


Robert Grimmon, the founder of the Grimmon family, came 
from England in 1815. He had been apprenticed as a 
boy, to a shoemaker named Captain Charles, and it is 
said that he accompanied him to Canada. It appears that 
his indentures were cancelled or it may be (as another 
account has it) that he ran away to sea; at any rate 
he shifted for himself from the day that he landed in 
Quebec. Here he found employment by the day and gradually 
moving westward brought up at the town of Picton. Being 
frugal and industrious, he soon was able to take to himself a 
wife. Having married Mrs. Ruttan, a young widow whose maiden 
name was Ellis, they began life upon a small farm, which he had 
purchased on the bay shore, between Picton and Glenora. His 
descendants have married, among others, into the Ackerman and 
Vance families. His son, James, who married Mary Ackerman, 
belonged, under Captain Wright, to the Light Horse Cavalry; his 
grandson, Lieutenant Alva, was for eighteen years in No. 5 Com- 
pany, 16th Battalion, and is now postmaster at Black River Bridge. 
Another grandson, Edward, has been Reeve in his township, and 
is now a member of the County Council. The Pioneer died a 
comparatively young man, in 1840. 

Harvey F. Grimmon, son of Lieutenant Alva Grimmon, also 
sei-vt'd in the 16th Battalion, and rose to the same rank as did his 
Father, but he retired owing to press of private business. He was 
elected member of the South Marysburg Township Council for 


1903, but the same reason that led to his retirement from the 
militia,, caused him to decline a re-election. He owns and occupies 
an up-to-date farm (lots 21 and 22, 1st concession), which was 
originally owned by his wife's great-grandfather, but was after- 
wards purchased by the Lanes and generally known as the "Lane 

Mr. Grimmon married Anna Whattam; they have two chil- 
dren, Miriam B. and James W. 



I. James Grimmon, m. Mary Ackerman; set. South Marysburg, 

Issue: (1) Alva E., (2) Edward R., (3) Henry, (4) Calvin 
B., (5) C. Jane, and (6) Nettie A. 

II. Robert Grimmon, m. Sarah Steele; set. Hallowell. Issue: (1) 
Leslie, and (2) Eliphalet. 

III. William Grimmon, m. Jane Colborne; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
v (1) Robert, (2) John, (3) Almeda, and (4) Mary. 

IV. Ellis Grimmon, m. 1st, Mary Hartford, and 2nd, Mary A. 

Parsons. Issue: (1) Walter, (2) Nancy, and (3) Mittie. 

V. Mary Grimmon, m. Michael King; set. Manitoba. Issue: (1) 

William, (2) Robert, (3) Sidney, (4) Cynthia, and (5) 

VI. Lizzie Grimmon, m. William Juby; set. near Madoc. Issue: 
(1) Mary, (2) Stephen G., (3) Sarah A., (4) Claudius C., 
(5) Alice, (6) William E., (7) Robert J., (8) Letitia, and 
(9) William W. 

VII. Rebecca Grimmon, m. 1st, James Vance, and 2nd, John Little ; 
set. Manitoba. Issue: by 1st, (1) John, (2) Ellis; and by 
2nd, (3) Mary. 


See I. The James Grimmon Branch: 

(1) Alva E. Grimmon, m. Ellen Lane Breakenridge ; set. 
South Marysburg. Issue: (a) Annie M. Grimmon, m. 
Nelson Farrington; set. Cherry Valley. (Issue: Earl, 
Mabel B., Gladys, and Dorothy A.) ; (6) Harvey F. 
Grimmon, m. E. Anna Whattam; set. South Marysburg. 
(Issue: Miriam B., and James W.) ; (c) Edith M. Grim- 
mon, m. W. Charles Hubbs ; set. South Marysburg. (d) 

South Marysburg 


Nelly B. Grimmon, unm. ; set. homestead, (e) G. How- 
,-ird Grimmon, m. Catherine Lully; set. South Marys- 
burg. (/) Harry E. Grimmon, unm.; set. Picton. (g) 
J. Herbert, d. y. (h) A. Everett Grimmon, d. y. (i) 
Ralph D. Grimmon, unm.; set. homestead. 

(2) Edward Grimmon, unm.; set. South Marysburg. 

(3) Jane Grimmon, unm.; set. South Marysburg; d. 1904. 

(4) Henry Grimmon, d. unm. 

(5) Calvin Grimmon, m. Fanny Irwin; set. Picton. No issue. 

(6) Nettie Grimmon, unm.; set. South Marysburg. , 
See II. The Robert Grimmon Branch: 

(1) Leslie Grimmon, d. unm. 

(2) Eliphalet Grimmon, m. Catherine Lossee; set. Picton. 
Issue: (a) Stanley. 

See III. The William Grimmon Branch: 

(1) Robert Grimmon, m. in United States; set. Nevada. 
Issue: (a) Eloi'se. 

(2) John Grimmon, m. Florence Rose; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
(a) Almeda. 

(3) Almeda Grinynon, m. Oscar Bernieur; set. Montana. No 

(4) Mary Grimmon, d. unm. 
See IV. The Ellis Grimmon Branch: 

(1) Nancy Grimmon, m. Clarence Way; set. Picton. Issue: 
(a) Gerald H. 

(2) Mittie Grimmon, m. W. E. Baker; set. Cobourg. Issue: 
(a) Walter, (b) Clara, (c) Fanny, and (d) Mazie. 

(3) Walter Grimmon, unm.; journalist, in Saginaw, Mich. 
S(M- V. The Mary Grimmon Branch: 

(1) William King, m. Jerusa Wright; set. Manitoba. 

(2) Robert King, m. and set. Manitoba. 

(3) Sidney King, m. and set. Manitoba. 

(4) Cynthia King, m. James Wright; set. Algoma. 

(5) Addison King, d. unm. in Manitoba. 
See VI. The Lizzie Grimmon Branch: 

(1) Mary Juby, m. John Wood; set. near Madoc. Issue: (,) 
William, (b) David, (c) Letitia, (d) Robert, (e) Eliza, 
(/) John, and (g) Stephen. 

(2) Stephen G. Juby, m. Julia Mellon; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
(a) Edgar S. 


(3) Sarah A. Juby, m. John Wright; set. Deseronto. Issue: 
(a) William, (ft) Margaret (d. unm.), (c) Bobert, (d) 
Jane, (e) Richard, (/) Emma, (g) Ida, and (h) James. 

(4) Claudius C. Juby, m. Almira Bone; set. near Madoc. 
Issue: (a) William, and three others. 

(5) Alice Juby, d. in inf. 

(6) William J. Juby, d. aged 3 years. 

(7) Eobert J. Juby, m. Flora Bone; set. near Madoc. Issue: 
(a) Ida, (&) Nettie, (c) William, (d) Cora, and three 

(8) Letitia Juby, d. aged 6 years. 

(9) William W. Juby, drowned, aged 12 years. 


One of the historical "Beacon Lights" of the Bay of Quinte 
District is the Gilmour & Co., Limited; and, since its inception in 
1852, it has been the largest industry on the River Trent. The 
history of the Gilmour enterprises is practically the history of 
Trenton, as the growth of the latter has been largely due to the 
former. The above company is an offshoot of the original Pollock 
& Gilmour Company, of London, Liverpool and Glasgow, for years 
the largest vessel owners in the world. Until sailing vessels were 
supplanted by iron and steam, Mr. John Gilmour (father of David 
Gilmour, the present President of Gilmour & Co., Limited), man- 
aged the Canadian branch of this business, then known as Allan 
Gilmour & Co., Quebec; Gilmour & Co., Montreal, Ottawa and 
Trenton. Allan Gilmour then parted with his Canadian interests 
to Mr. John Gilmour, who took over the business and carried it 
on until his death. His three sons, John, Allan and David divided ; 
Allan and David carrying on the Trenton, and John the Ottawa 
branch (with Mr. Hughson) under the firm name of Gilmour & 

Gilmour & Co., Limited, of Trenton, Ontario, is now one of 
the largest door and interior finish water power plants in America. 
No other of its size is better managed or at less cost for the finished 
product. Its saw mills, box factory and egg case plant are sup- 
plied with unlimited water power and large timber limits (many 
of them reserved for future pulp and paper mills), while unex- 
celled facilities exist for delivering their products to the markets of 


the world. This company is able to compete for the trade of the 
United Slates, Great Britain and the world. Large shipments are 
made daily; hundreds of men are employed in the work of manu- 
facturing mid large contract orders are constantly being filled. 

One of the most important of the many enterprises of the 
Gilmour & Co., Limited, is the patent door and interior finished 
woodwork, manufactured by special machinery and by skilled 
merhaiii' s, which on account of its imperviousness to climatic 
influences, its superior finish, lightness, durability and moderate 
cost, is being placed in the finest buildings of Canada, as for 
example, in the Board of Trade Building, Montreal; the King 
Edward Hotel, Toronto; the stations of the C. P. R. and G. T. R., 
as well as in the best class of residences. With the advent of the 
Trent Valley waterway, the possibilities of this large manufactur- 
ing concern are unlimited. 

The officers of the company are: Mr. David Gilmour, Presi- 
dent; Mr. Robert Waddell, Vice-President and General Manager; 
Mr. J. H. Campbell, Local Director; Mr. C. M. Richardson, Secre- 


Robert Gordon was born at Enniskillen, in the County of 
Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1831, and as a boy of eight years accom- 
panied his widowed mother, Jane Gordon, when she crossed the At- 
lantic with her orphaned children, to find a home in Canada. 

He engaged for years in farming and carpentering, and still 
resides upon the Gordon homestead, near the village of Tweed, with 
his daughter, Sarah Johnson. Although seventy-five years of 

he is as hale and active as a man of forty, driving five miles 
daily to and from his place of business, and managed for many 
years the well-known banking house of Murphy, Gordon & Co., 
and was retained as manager when said business was taken over 
l>y the Sovereign Bank of Canada. He is a zealous member of the 
Methodist Church, and has been a Sunday School teacher for 

four years last past, recalling the early days when the log 
house served for the Sabbath School, and there was not a buggy 
in the township, and even waggons were few and far between. He 
is the Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge, Ontario East, of the 
L>val Orange Institution; a position that he has held for a quarter t 
of a century. 



He is a Conservative, but has declined repeatedly, although 
often urged, to stand for Parliament. He has, however, sat in the 
Council, and has served as Warden of the county. 

His son, William Henry Gordon, after completing a course in 
the public schools, took a thorough course in the Ontario Business 
College, and in 1876, began his mercantile career. After more than 
a quarter of a century of faithful service, he is now a shareholder 
in, and Secretary and Treasurer of the Ritchie Company, Limited. 
This enterprising concern is capitalized for one hundred thousand 
dollars, carries on a large and up-to-date department store in 
Belleville, employs in the neighborhood of ninety people, and com- 
pares favorably with any similar enterprise in Canada. William 
Henry Gordon is serving his fifth year as an alderman, and has 
served on the Board of Education. An earnest member of the 
Methodist Church, he is Superintendent of the Sabbath School and 
Treasurer of the Tabernacle Church. He is also Bursar of Albert 
College. For ten years he was a faithful member of Mizpah Lodge, 
I. (X 0. F., and is also a member of Benjamin Lodge, L. O. L., 
274. He is a Conservative in politics, and has done yeoman ser- 
vice in the ranks of his party. The steadily growing business of 
the Ritchie Company, Limited, renders him quite optimistic as to 
the future of Belleville, and he warmly seconds every effort to 
promote the welfare of that attractive city. His second son, Mer- 
ton C. Gordon, w r as married in October, 1904, to Queena Watson. 
His remaining children reside with their parents in their beautiful 
home near the Tabernacle. 

Wilbur A. Gordon, has secured valuable patents for the manu- 
facture of steel hog and water troughs, and has successfully orga- 
nized the Steel Trough and Machine Company, Limited, of which 
at present he is secretary and treasurer. 

John E. Gordon was born February 22, 1858. His life work 
has been devoted to the interests of the C. P. R., having been its 
representative and agent at Tweed from the day its offices opened 
at that point. He is also a member of the Methodist Church, and 
belongs to the Conservative party. His fraternal affiliations include 
the L. 0. L. and the A. 0. U. W. 


I. John Gordon, m. Sarah Elliott; set. Huntingdon. 


II. Robert Gordon, m. Katherine Elliott; set. Hungerford. Issue: 

William Henry, (2) John E., (3) Mary J., (4) Sarah, 
Andrew J., and (6) Wilbur A. 

III. Mary Gordon, m. 1st, Eev. Henry Stephens, and 2nd, William 
Morrison; set. Western Ontario. 

IV. Rev. Andrew Gordon, m. Annis Copps; set. Winnipeg. 

V. Jane Gordon, m. 1st, William Curry, and 2nd, John Wiggins; 

near Tweed. 

See II. The Robert Gordon Branch-. 

(1) William Henry Gordon, m. Martha A. Greenleaf; set. 
Belleville. Issue: (a) Erwin Raymond, (&) Merton C., 
(c) Vera K, (d) Harry C., and (e) Gladys Wilma. 

(2) John E. Gordon, m. 1st, Margaret Graham, and 2nd, Mar- 
garet Graham. Issue: by 2nd, (a) Winston. 

(3) Mary J. Gordon, m. Dr. R. L. Morrison; set. Belleville. 
Issue: (a) Vera. 

(4) Sarah Gordon, m. David Johnson; set. near Tweed. Issue: 
(a) Raymond, (6) Morley, (c) Katherine, and (d) 

(5) Andrew J. Gordon, M.D., m. Lottie Toomsby; set. Win- 
nipeg. Issue: (a) Marguerite, and (6) an infant. 

(6) Wilbur A. Gordon, m. Ethel Johnson; set. Tweed. No 


In the very beginning the Gilbert family seems to have played 
an important part in Sidney affairs. When a sufficient number of 
settlers had built their cabins in the Sidney woods, to make some 
sort of organization necessary, a subscription list was circulated 
Hinonii the settlers for the purpose of purchasing a book in which 
to keep a record of proceedings. The record shows that twenty- 

Q settlers put their names on this list, agreeing to pay seven 
pence half-penny for the purpose named; and Caleb Gilbert is 
one of them. The first town meeting held in the township was held 
at the house of Aaron Rose, May 15, 1790, and adjourned to be 
hold at the house of Stephen Gilbert on the second Tuesday of the 
May ensuing, and in about the year 1804 Abel Gilbert is named 

MO of the executive officers of the township. When the muni- 


cipal system came into force in 1850, the name of Caleb Gilbert 
appears as first Deputy Reeve. 

There were five brothers, Abel, James, Stephen, William and 
Caleb, all United Empire Loyalists, who came from New York and 
settled on the Front of Sidney ; although one of them owned Mur- 
ney's Hill, and his lands, no doubt, extended into the neighboring 
township of Thurlow. James Gilbert, hereafter mentioned, settled 
on the Front, upon a farm now adjoining the Ontario Deaf and 
Dumb Institute, near Belleville. Abel Gilbert settled upon lot 23, 
1st concession of Sidney, and married Dentia Ostrom. It is said 
that this was a Dutch form of spelling the name, although the 
shorter form "Dency" has been adopted. 

The Gilbert home was near the cove known as " Gilbert's 
Cove." Here was held the first town meeting in 1800. Here the 
old batteaux landed and unloaded their cargoes of provisions and 
other supplies; and here many of the early cabin builders landed 
with their wives and children and their small stock of worldly 
goods. What hopes and fears were alternately expressed by anx- 
ious mothers as they stepped ashore and gazed into the dark, for- 
bidding forest with their timid little children clinging to their 
skirts and thought of the comfortable homes and pleasant asso- 
ciations of former times, before cruel war swept over the land. 
The log cabin's inner life with its hopes, its fears aye, and its 
tears can never be adequately revealed. 

Abel Gilbert died in 1849, in his seventy- eighth year, and his 
wife in 1847, in her eightieth year. Caleb Gilbert, his eldest son, 
was born in 1800, and was no doubt a namesake of the elder Caleb, 
his uncle, who was one of the leading men of Sidney and a man 
of influence in Hastings County. He held municipal office, and 
was also a member of Parliament. 

Nelson B. Gilbert, son of Samuel Gilbert, was born on the 
old Abel Gilbert homestead, lot 23, first concession of Sidney, where 
he now resides. The farm contains about three hundred acres, 
and is considered one of the most desirable. While Mr. Gilbert 
makes a specialty of dairy farming, he also raises large quantities 
of hay, grain, etc. He married Sarah, daughter of the late 
Ketchum Graham, so well known and remembered in Hastings 
County; they have the following children: Jessie, Albert and 
Robert N. The family attend the Methodist Church. Mr. Gilbert 


is a Liberal in politics, but aside from being a school trustee he 
has never held office. 

flames Gilbert, as has been already mentioned, settled near the 
nt city of Belleville. He married Eustacia Clapp, by whom 
he had two children. His daughter, Eustacia, married David 
Clapp and settled in Thurlow; his son Benjamin married Dency 
Goldsmith and settled in Sidney. Ralph Purdy Gilbert, son of 
Benjamin Gilbert, has been an extensive traveller, having so- 
journed and travelled for years in Western Canada and the United 
States, and also upon the Pacific Coast. He married Ellen Jane 
Patterson, and for the past few years they have resided in Toronto. 
Their only daughter, Maud Seymour Gilbert, married John S. Car- 
stairs, teacher in the Harbord Street Collegiate Institute, Toronto. 



I. Caleb Gilbert, b. 1800; d. 1872; m. Nancy Meyers; b. 1803; 

d. 1888; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) John, (2) Jane A., (3) 
Sarah, (4) Mary, (5) Abigail, and (6) Hester. 

II. John Gilbert, b. 1800; d. 1876; m. Maria Yager; b. 1804; d. 

1898; set. finally in Michigan. Issue: (1) Caleb, (2) John 
B., (3) Wilson, (4) Albert, (5) Mary, (6) Jennie, (7) Emma, 
and (8) Dency. 

III. Stephen Gilbert, m. Deborah Smith; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 
Abel, (2) George, (3) Henry, (4) Charles, (5) Birdsey, (6) 
Clarissa, (7) Dency, and (8) Margaret. 

IV. Samuel Gilbert, b. 1809; d. 1876; m. Belinda Frederick; set. 
Sidney. Issue: (1) Nelson B., (2) James R., (3) Charles C., 
(4) Abel H., (5) Phoebe, (6) Caroline, and (7) Helen. 

V Phoebe Gilbert, m. Joseph Canniff; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) 
John, (2) Gilbert, (3) Elizabeth, (4) Sarah, (5) Phoebe, (6) 
Dency, (7) Mary, (8) Emma, and (9) Matilda. 

VI. Abigail Gilbert, m. Mr. Robins; set. United States. 

I. The Caleb Gilbert Branch: 

(1) John Gilbert, m. Rebecca Vanhorn; set. Sidney. Issue: 
(a) Sarah, (&) John, and (c) El In. 

(2) Jane A. Gilbert, m. 1st, James Seay, and 2nd, Thomas 


Hampton. Issue: by 1st, (a) Antha M., (&) Sarah A., 
(c) Caleb, (d) George G., (e) Frances; and by 2nd, (/) 
Edith, (g) Harry, and (h) Delia. 

(3) Sarah Gilbert, m. Peter Harder; set. Sidney. Issue: (a) 
Ada, (&) Richard, and (c) Walter. 

(4) Mary Gilbert, m. Peter Vanhorn; set. Belleville. Issue: 
(a) Lucillia, (ft) Antoinette, (c) John, and (d) Ida. 

(5) Abigail Gilbert, m. Philip Roblin; set. Sidney. Issue (a) 
Mary, (6) Helen, (c) Gilbert, (d) Phoebe, (e) William, 
(/) Dolly, and (g) Harry. 

(6) Hester Gilbert, m. William Abercrombie; set. Sidney. 
Issue: (a) Horatio N. 

See IV. The Samuel Gilbert Branch: 

(1) Nelson B. Gilbert, m. Sarah Graham; set. Sidney. Issue: 
(,a) Jessie, (6) Alfred, and (c) Robert N. 

(2) James, B., (3) Charles C., and (4) Abel H. Gilbert 
(di'ed young). 

(5) Pheobe Gilbert, m. Leverett Baker; set. Rawdon. Issue: 
(a) Fred, (6) Frank, (c) Charles, and (d) Ella. 

(6) Caroline Gilbert, m. Samuel Grass; set. Brighton. Issue: 
(a) Harry, (6) William, and (c) Lilly. 

(7) Helen Gilbert, m. John Ostrom; set. Sidney. Issue: (a) 
Walter, and (ft) Clara. 

See V. The Phoebe Gilbert Branch, : 

(1) John Canniff, m. Mary Vrooman; set. Canniff ton. Issue: 
(a) Jennie, (~b) Peter, and (c) Sarah. 

(2) Gilbert Canniff, m. Sarah Sills; set. Toledo, Ohio. Issue: 
(a) Ada, (6) Bessie, (c) Bertha, and (d) Maud. 

(3) Elizabeth Canniff, m. Peter Farley; set. Thurlow. 

(4) Sarah Canniff, m. Cornelius Ross-; set. Huntingdon. Issue: 
(a) Mary, (b) Albert, and (c) Gilbert. 

(5) Pheobe Canniff, m. William Tamlinson; set. Prince 
Albert. Issue: (a) Ida, (6) George, (c) Emma, (d) 
George, and (e) Estella. 

(6) Dency Canniff, m. Robert McTaggart; set. Canniff ton. 
Issue: (a) Wallace, (b) Helen, (c) Edward, (d) Charles, 
(e) Ada, (/) Mary, (g) Fred, and (h) Maud. 

(7) Mary Canniff, m. Charles Ashley; set. Foxboro. Issue: 
(a) William, (b) Edward, (c) Easter, (d) Canniff, (e) 
Joseph, and (/) Floyd. 


(8) Emma Canniff, m. William Sills; set. Thurlow. Issue: 
(a) Louis, (&) Gilbert, (c) Jennie, and (d) Grace. 
Matilda Canniff, m. Fred Criss; set. Kansas. Issue: (a) 
s, (&) Charles , and (c) Mary. 



I. Benjamin Gilbert, m. Dency Goldsmith; set. Sidney. Issue: 

(1) Ralph Purdy, (2) Pheobe Ann, (3) James Walter, (4) 
John Goldsmith, (5) Caroline Eustacia, and (6) Mary Jane. 

II. Ensta<-ia Gilbert, m. Da,vid Clapp ; set. Thurlow. No issue. 

See I. The Benjamin Gilbert Branch: 

(1) Ralph Purdy Gilbert, m. Ellen Jane Patterson; set. Sid- 
ney. Issue: (a) Maud Seymour Gilbert, m. John S. 
Carstairs; set. Toronto. 

(2) Pheobe Ann Gilbert, m. Daniel DeMille; set. Shannon- 
ville, and finally Belleville. Issue: (a) Emily, and (&) 

(3) James Walter Gilbert, m. Carrie Wallbridge; set. old 
homestead. No issue. 

(4) John Goldsmith Gilbert, unm. ; set. Detroit. 

(5) Caroline Eustacia Gilbert, m. Hugh Rankin; set. Collins 

(6) Mary Jane Gilbert, m. Thomas Purdy; set. Sidney. No 


Through a variety of causes it is comparatively easy to ascer- 
tain the genuine U. E. L. pioneers of Adolphustown. We have 
substantially correct accounts of the Major VanAlstine expedition; 
the township records themselves reach back to quite an early date, 
and many of them have been carefully preserved by the Provincial 

The first township in Upper Canada to be settled was King's 
Town, sometimes called First Town, which still exists substanlially 
as laid out, and includes the city of Kingston. This township was 


largely granted to and settled by United Empire Loyalists under 
Captain Michael Grass. 

The second township, called Ernesttown, was settled mainly 
by the officers and soldiers of Sir John Johnson's regiment, also 
known as the King's New York Royal Rangers. The third town- 
ship, or Fredericksburg, was granted mainly to the soldiers of a 
particular regiment while the fourth township, or Adolphus- 
town, was granted to and settled by some of the best people who 
made up the United Empire Loyalist movement. They had served 
in the Revolutionary War, and they were nearly all of them peo- 
ple of property, and their average intelligence and education was 
remarkably high. Hence we find that while Adolphustown is the 
smallest township in Ontario in area, it has occupied for many 
years a commanding place in the province, and from its founda- 
tion to this time has contributed many men to public life. 

Lieut. John Huyck came with the VanAlstine expedition; he 
left New York September 8, 1783, and arrived at Quebec in the 
following October. Of the people making up this expedition, the 
majority spent the winter at Sorel, but in the following spring 
they all came, in batteaux, to Adolphustown. The expedition was 
under the command of Major VanAlstine, and his authority was 
disputed, if not divided by Ruttan, who had been an officer in the 
regular army ; but it is certain that our pioneer, Lieut. John Huyck, 
stood next to them in authority, and, in every record of that time, 
the name recurs repeatedly. We know that he landed at Adolphus- 
town June 16, 1784, and that he drew lands and settled there. He 
participated in the town meetings, and was an officer of Adolphus- 
town in 1793. We, find him and his family enumerated in the town- 
ship records of 1794, and indeed, it appears that he took an active 
and honorable part in promoting the growth of the township. 

His son, Burger Huyck, married Pheobe Clapp, and settled on 
the family homestead at Adolphustown. His eldest son, John 
Huyck, married Jemima Clapp, and settled in the same township. 
Jane Huyck married Samuel Borland. Ruth Huyck married Larey 
Lewis, and Edward Huyck married Elizabeth, daughter of the well- 
known pioneer, Christopher German. He was an officer in the 
militia and one of the adventurous men who took rafts to Quebec 
in the early days. He is said to have built the first stone house in 

Among his descendants should be mentioned Maria A. Huyck, 


who married Reuben B. Scott, and settled at Colborne. Their 
children and grandchildren are now quite widely scattered, some 
of them being in the United States, others in Toronto, while a few 
arc in the neighborhood of Colborne and the Bay district. His 
son, James P. Scott, married M. Agatha Ives; they reside in 
Toronto and have four children, namely, Susannah Ives, Luella 
Isabel. Agatha J. and Helen A. The two last named are twins, 
born September 17, 1904. 



I. John Huyck, m. Jemima Clapp; set. Adolphustown. t Issue: 

(1) John, (2) Benjamin, (3) William H., (4) Burger, (5) 
Thomas, (6) Henry, (7) Jane, (8) Anne, (9) Phoebe, and 
(10) Nancy. 

II. Burger Huyck, m. Phoebe Clapp ; set. on his father's homestead, 


III. Jane Huyck, m. Samuel Dorland; set. Adolphustown. 

IV. Ruth Huyck, m. Larey Lewis; set. Napanee. 

V. Edward Huyck, m. Elizabeth German, dau. of Christopher 
German ; set. on his father 's homestead, Adolphustown. Issue : 
(I) Christopher, (2) Ruth A., (3) Catharine J., (4) Edward 
N., (5) Elizabeth A.; (6) Peter G., and (7) Maria. The 
father d. 1831, aged 33 yrs.; the mother 1840, aged 44 yrs. 

See V. The Edward Huyck Branch-. 

(1) Christopher Huyck, m. Sarah Holcomb; set. Norwood. 

(2) Ruth A. Huyck, m. David Satchell; set. Plainneld. No is- 

(3) Catharine J. Huyck, m. 1st, Andrew Gould, and 2nd Eli- 
jah Morrison; set. Michigan. 

(4) Edward N. Huyck, m. Esther Huggins; set. Newburg. 

(5) Elizabeth A. Huyck, m. William Deline; set. Michigan. 

(6) Peter G. Huyck, m. Deborah Garrison; set. Selby. 

(7) Maria A. Huyck, m. Reuben B. Scott; set. Colborne. Is- 
sue (a) Elizabeth A. Scott, m. N. T. Lowe; set. Colborne. 
(&) Walter W. Scott, m. Nancy J. Reynolds; set. Ottawa; 
Issue: Addie (m. F. Young; set. Deseronto) ; Bertha M. 
(m. Richard Turner; set. Brockville) ; Ida L. Ethel and 
Eva L. (c) Jane L. Scott, m. E. II. Lapp; set. Montana. 


(d) Mari'a A. Scott, m. Lorenzo N. Werden; set. Deser- 
onto; adopted Ethel R. (e) James P. Scott, m. M. Aga- 
tha Ives ; set. Toronto. Issue : Susanah Ives, Luella Isabel, 
Agatha J. and Helen A. (b. Sept. 17, 1904). (/) Martha 
E. Scott, m. John Llewellyn ; set. Trenton. Issue : Claud E. 
(g) Sarah E. Scott, unm. set. Colborne. (h) Abraham L. 
Scott, m. Sylvia Avery; set. Toronto. Issue: Ralph B., 
Nettie S., Pearl and Grace M. (i) Wallace R. Scott, m. 
Beatrice Fitzgerald; set. Colborne. (j) Annetta G. Scott, 
m. George Mallory; set. Warkworth. Issue: Harriet M. 
(&) Fred J. Scott, unm. (1) Edward B. Scott, m. Cora 
Pressey; set. Worcester, Mass. Issue: Hazel. 


The founder of this family in America was Jan Huyghens who 
came from Holland as private secretary of the first Governor of 
New Amsterdam. He was a member of the well known Huyghens 
family, members of which were prominent in law, art and litera- 
ture in Germany and the Lowlands. The American branch of the 
family, transplanted among English surroundings, gradually chan- 
ged the name which became corrupted to Huycke and some of the 
Bay of Quinte members dropped the final e, making the name 
Huyck. The name appears in both forms throughout the Bay 

The Canadian pioneer of this family was Andrew C. Huycke, 
a United Empire Loyalist, who drew land and settled in Stinson 
Block, Hillier. He married into the Young family of the Carry- 
ing Place and died in early life, leaving a widow and young fam- 
ily. His eldest son, Cornelius A. Huycke, was but a lad of sixteen 
when the war between Great Britain and the United States, known 
in history as the war of 1812, began; but he at once repaired to 
Kingston and enlisted among the volunteers employed in the for- 
tifying and defending of Fort Henry, and rendered very valuable 
service by transporting supplies from Kingston to Toronto. For 
his pluck and skill in rowing a boat filled with pork from Kingston 
to Toronto, intended for the use of the garrison at the latter place, 
he was mentioned in the despatches. His father having died dur- 
ing the war, Cornelius at the close of hostilities returned to the 
homestead and took charge of his father's family and estate. In 


1817 he married Phoebe Kemp, who pre-deceased him by some 
years. At the time of his death there were living thirteen chil- 
dren, forty-nine grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. 
It had been arranged to assemble all his descendants upon the com- 
pletion of his eightieth year, but his death suddenly occurred be- 
fore the day set for the reunion. He died upon his nineteenth 
birthday on February 29th, 1876, at the age of eighty. Cornelius 
A. Huycke was a noted man throughout the community in which 
he lived. He was a famous hunter, a successful farmer, and was 
especially known for the great industry in fishing which he built 
up, using a fleet of boats and making the output from the Huycke 
fisheries a standard article in Ontario. Quite naturally he took a 
great interest in military affairs and early organized and made effi- 
cient the militia of his neighborhood, rising through successive 
promotions to the rank of Colonel. 

Of the children of Cornelius A. Huycke two daughters sur- 
vive him, namely, Mrs. Levi Snider and Mrs. J. W. Miller, of Tren- 
ton. His eldest son, Andrew C. Huycke, who died in 1903, was in 
his day, magistrate, church warden, class leader, Orangeman, Grand 
Master of Temperance, and Councilman for years. He held near- 
ly every other public office of the township. Indeed, he is said to 
have held more offices in Hastings and Percy than any other man, 
with the exception of the famous Mr. Hurlburt of Warkworth. 

John A. Huycke, son of Cornelius A. Huycke, is well known 
as a citizen of Consecon. His daughter Flora married Bannell 
Sawyer, once Principal of the Ottawa College, and afterwards a 
teacher of languages. He subsequently engaged in promoting and 
developing mining properties and shares, and amassed a large for- 
tune. They reside in Montreal, where they are well known among 
the prominent people of that city. 

James K. Huycke, son of Cornelius A. Huycke, married Annie 
Stanbury and settled in Percy where he still resides. He has been 
a Justice of Peace for over fifty years, a leading man in church 
and political circles, and his voice and influence have always been 
on the side of truth, progress and righteousness. Mr. and Mrs. 
Jluycka, though aged, are both still spared and all their ten chil- 
dren also survive. His eldest son, Edward Cornelius Stanbury, 
K.( ., Barrister-at-law, is one of the most prominent and well known 
eiti/ens of Northumberland. He married Miss Rose Meredith 
Field, daughter of John Collard Field, M.P.P. of Cobonr- : they 


reside with their family of six children in the attractive city of Co- 
bourg, where Mr. Huycke is engaged in the practice of his profes- 
sion. He was Mayor of his town for four years and has declined 
both political and judicial preferment. 



I. Katharine Huyck, m. Rowland Sherman; set. near Consecon.- 

Issue: (1) Elizabeth and two dau. all deceased. 

II. Cornelius A. Huyck, m. Phoebe Kemp ; set. Stinson Block near 
Consecon. Issue: (1) Andrew C., (2) Katherine A., (3) 
Elizabeth P., (4) Sarah, (5) James K., (6) Charles C., (7) 
Priscilla, (8) Peter Alvin, (9) Maria, (10) John A., (11) Wil- 
liam H., (12) Mary E., and (13) Eichard Asa. 

III. William A. Huyck, m. Betsey Brown ; set. Stinson Block near 
Consecon. Issue: (1) Mary A., (2) Eliza A., (3) Sylvia A., 
and (4) William A. 

IV. Sarah Huyck, m. Schuyle Aldrich; set. Bowmanville. Her 
descendents live in Ohio, and Buffalo, N.Y. 

V. Elizabeth Huyck, m. John Avery ; set. Stinson Block near Con- 
secon. Issue: (1) Charles, (2) Anson, and (3) Lydia A. 

VI. Hannah Huyck, m. George Thompson; set. Soup Harbor. Is- 
sue: (1) Nathaniel, (2) James, (3) Maria, and (4) Mary. 

VII. Maria Huyck, m. Jarvis Striker; set. Consecon. No issue. 


See II. The Col. Cornelius A. Huycke Branch: 

(1) Andrew C. Huycke (deceased), m. Mary A. Gibson; set 
Percy. Issue: (a) Cornelius A., (b) Henry; both in 
Manitoba; (c) Charles; set. Percy, (d) Wesley, set. 
Peterboro, and (e) Lachlan T., of Hastings. 

(2) Katherine A. Huycke (deceased), m. Richard Watters; 
set. Percy. Issue: (a) Cornelius, (&) Mary E., (c) Phoebe 
A., (d) John, (e) Christiana, (/) Alzina, (g) James and 
(h) Martha. Many years ago this family moved to Cali- 
fornia, where the survivors still reside. 

(3) Elizabeth P. Huycke, deceased, m. William Watters; set- 
Brighton. Issue: (a) Annie, m. Wm. Wright; set. Brigh- 
ton; (6) Mary E., and (c) Charles F., deceased. 

(4) Sarah Huycke, d. unm. age seventy-six. 


(5) James K. Huycke, m. Annie Stanbury; set. Percy. Issue: 

(a) Edward C. S., m. Rose M. Field, Cobourg. Issue: 
Wilfrid, Douglas, Meredith, Arthur, Rosamond and Aud- 
rey. (6) Minnie, m. Manly Scott, J.P., Cherry Valley. 
Issue: Sherman, Wilfrid, Roy, Keith, (c) William J., 
m. Jessie Meneill ; set. Percy, Issue : Ewart and Dorothy. 
(d) Josephine, m. Charles W. Turner, Campbellford. 
Issue: Earl, (e) Florence, at home, (f) Edna, m. Geo. W. 
Ferguson, Winnipeg. Issue: Marian. (f) Edith, m. 
William Moore, Cherry Valley. Issue: Stuart, Muriel, 
Helen, (k) Fred H., m. Francis Blair; set, Percy. Issue: 
Annie, (i) Austin H., Medical Student, Montreal Royal 
Victoria College, (j) Lulu, teacher. 

(6) Charles C. Huycke, d. unm. 

(7) Priscilla Huycke, m. John W. Miller; set. Trenton. Is- 
sue: (a) W. Wesley; set. U.S., (6) C. Wellington, set. 
Souris, Man. (c) Annie C., m. John H. Smith; set. Tren- 
ton. Issue: Jean, Gladys, William and Miriam, (d) 
Eliza M., (e) L.D., (/) Flora M., m. Wm. Card; set. Tren- 
ton. Issue: Wesley, Roslyn, Gerard and Victor; and (g) 
John D. 

(8) Peter A. Huycke, unm., set. St. Catharines. 

(9) Maria Huycke, m. Levi Snider; set. Brighton. Issue (a) 
William B. F., and (6) C. A. 

(10) John A. Huycke, m. Jessie Sutherland; set. Consecon. 
Issue: (a) Flora, m. Bannell Sawyer; set. Montreal. Is- 
sue : Everest and Mabel. 

(11) William H. Huycke, m. and set. California. 

(12) Mary E. Huycke, m. John H. Baird; set. California. 

(13) Richard A. Huycke, m. Alida Demprope; set. California. 
Issue: (a) Phoebe and (6) Lulu. 

See III. The William A. Huyck Branch: 

(1) Mary A. Huyck, m. Peter Dempsey; set. Ameliasburg. 

(2) Eliza A. Huyck, d. unm. 

(3) Sylvia Huyck, m. James Baird; set. Consecon. Issue (a) 

(4) William A. Huyck, m. Margaret Smith; set. Consecon. Is- 
sue (a) Olive. 

See V. The Elizabeth Huyck Branch: 

(I) Charles Avery, m. Eliza Chase; set. Frankford. Issue: (a) 


.Mary E., (&) Alice, (c) Lydia A. 

(2) Anson Avery, m. set. Brighton. 

(3) Lydia Avery, m. Mr. Shears; set. U.S. 


The historian Canniff says : ' ' Sergeant Harrison was a native 
of Ireland and served for many years in the fifty-third regiment. 
For some time during the Revolutionary War, he was in the Quar- 
termaster's store and post office. He was altogether twenty-eight 
years in the service. At the close of the war, he settled on lot 9, 
east of the Rock of Marysburg, with the first band, and was prob- 
ably under Wright in the commissary department for the settle- 

John Harrison was the half-brother of Sergeant Harrison, who 
came out with General Burgoyne during the Revolutionary War. 
His father was Grand Secretary of the Masonic Lodge in Ireland in 
the neighborhood of Bally Claire. John was engaged for a time 
as Army Postmaster, and after the close of the war, he came with 
others of the loyalists to what is now North Marysburg and settled 
on lot 14, L.S., where Irvin Harrison now resides. He was Scotch- 
Irish, his father's mother being a Cochrane and blood relation to 
the Cochranes who head the line from which Lord Dundonald is 
descended. He was a man of remarkable strength and activity 
and there are living witnesses in the county to-day, who have seen 
him when over eighty years of age mount his horse without a block ; 
vaulting to his saddle like a trooper of twenty-five. 

Archibald Harrison, fourth son of John Harrison,, was a man 
of much more than ordinary ability. He served as township and 
county councillor and took an active interest in public affairs. He 
was a Liberal and a true Reformer of the old school. By indus- 
try and thrift he amassed considerable property, and though open- 
handed and generous was able to leave a fair share to each of his 


I. John Harrison, m. Hannah Courter ; set. S. Marysburg. Issue : 

(1) Jane,. (2) Joseph, (3) -Margaret, (4) Lucy, (5) Cath- 
erine, (6) Nancy, (7) Augusta, (8) Matilda, and (9) 

II. William Harrison, m. Mary Carr ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : (1) 


Samuel, (2) George, (3) Lewis, (4) Benjamin, (5) Al- 
fred, (6) Agnes, (7) Calvin, (8) Frank, (9) Margaret, (10) 
Jane, (11) Alvaretta, (12) Alexander, (13) Mary B., (14) 
John E., and (15) Nelson. 

III. Edward Harrison, m. Jane A. Hoover; set. N. Marysburg. Is- 
sue: (1) John H., (2) George N., (3) David W., (4) Sarah 
E., and (5) Archibald. 

IV. Archibald Harrison, m. Sarah Connor; set. N. Marysburg. Is- 
sue: (1) Nancy, (2) Thelismar, (3) Elmora, (4) Edward, (5) 
Archibald, and (6) Emma. 

V. Alexander Harrison, went to California. 

VI. Walter Harrison, m. Mary Storms ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) Isabella, (2) Caroline, (3) Louisa, (4) Mahala, (5) Ida J., 
(6) Walter, (7) Irwin, (8) Andrew, and (9) Daniel. 

VII. George Harrison, m. and set. Rochester. 

VIII. Mary Harrison, m. Robert Eeiney ; set. finally Napanee. 

IX. Nellie Harrison, m. Peter Minaker; set. N. Marysburg. Issue: 
(1) Hannah, (2) Henry, (3) Archibald, (4) Edward and 
others, d. young. 

X. Alice Harrison, m. Fred Minaker ; set. N. Marysburg. Issue : 
(1) John, (2) Robert, (3) David, (4) Walter, (5) Elizabeth, 
(6) Mary, and others, all of whom removed from the Bay of 
Quinte district. 

XI. Another daughter, m. and set. Oswego. 

See III. The Edward Harrison Branch: 

(1) John H. Harrison, m. Millicent Tobey; set. N. Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Mary J. Harrison, m. Ezra A. Williams; set. 
N. Marysburg. Issue: Gertrude and Cecil. (5) Bryon 
Harrison, m. Sarah E. Patterson: set. N. Marysburg. Is- 
sue: Beulah and Mabel, (c) Roswell Harrison, m. Maud 
Bongard; set. N. Marysburg. Issue: John, (d) Annie 
Harrison, m. David M. McCormick; set. N. Marysburg. 
Issue : Ola, Grace, Claire and Beatrice. 

(2) George N. Harrison, m. Hester Clark; set. Lennox Co. 
Issue: (a) Blake. 

(3) David Harrison, m. Jane Wiley; set. Australia. 

(4) Sarah E. Harrison, m. William Woodrow; set. 

(5) Archibald Harrison, m. Ellie Head; set. Hallowell. Issue: 


(a) Frank Harrison, (&) Milton Harrison, and (c) Hel- 
See VI. The Walter Harrison Branch : 

(1) Isabella Harrison, m. Henry Slater; set. N. Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Dolly. 

(2) Caroline Harrison. 

(3) Louisa Harrison, m. Benjamin Harrison; set. N. Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) Dr. Edgar Harrison, (6) Benjamin 
Harrison, and (c) a dau. 

(4) Mahala Harrison, m. 1st, Colin Gordon, and 2nd, Richard 

(5) "Walter Harrison. 

(6) Irvin Harrison, m. Addie V. Minaker. Issue: (a) Clifford 

(7) Ida J. Harrison, m. Irvine Miller. 

(8) Andrew Harrison, m. Minnie Manders; set. N. Marysburg. 

(9) Daniel Harrison, m. Mary Carr; set. United States. 


William Harrison was a soldier in the Royal ranks during the 
Revolution. He came from England with General Burgoyne and 
served under that ill-fated commander during the campaign that 
culminated at Saratoga. He was an elder brother of Sergeant John 
Harrison and ultimately settled also in Prince Edward County. 
He obtained grants of land in what is now the county of Welling- 
ton ; but land was then so cheap that he failed to take advantage of 
the grant and chose instead to cast his lot with other United Em- 
pire Loyalists in Marysburg, and purchased land there in preference 
to taking advantage of the grant. It is said that he landed in 
Prince Edward County in the full vigor of manhood, but with less 
than ten shillings in his pocket. With untiring energy and perse- 
verance he succeeded in making a home for himself and family. 
The newly cleared land soon rewarded him for labor and toil, and 
from it his descendants in the third and fourth generation profit 
largely to-day. It is stated on good authority that William Har- 
rison made for himself the first waggon in Marysburg, the wheels 
being solid pieces of wood with iron tires. With this and a team of 
oxen he was considered to be well equipped as a farmer and 


en.-iHed to proceed with the work of early settlemnet in a more 

lie left four daughters who intermarried with the Powers, 
Iliiuhes. lliidiiiii and Minaker families respectively; while his only 
son Timothy Harrison married Christie Ann Miller. Timothy set- 
tled on tlie farm now occupied by his son Marshall near what was 
then known as Indian Point, (Point Pleasant) ; the greater por- 
tion of which was densely covered with fine maple and beech forest. 
Here he experienced many of the privations and pleasures of early 
pioneer life. Although the neighborhood was sparsely settled, yet 
the pioneers, realizing the necessity of schools, churches and local 
improvements, succeeded in accomplishing many difficult tasks 
which resulted in the general upbuilding of the section. In all 
these undertakings during the early years Timothy Harrison bore 
an active and useful part. Fish and game were alike abundant; 
it was not an unusual occurrence to have venison on the table dur- 
ing the greater portion of the year. Many interesting and exciting 
incidents are told of these early days. It is related that on one oc- 
casion as Timothy was returning home quite late from a neighbor's 
house, he was confronted by some wild animal, but the evening be- 
ing very dark he could not be sure what it was. Knowing, how- 
ever, that no time was to be lost, he shot as nearly as possible, be- 
tW'M>n the fiery eyes that gleamed on him so fiercely. His faithful 
gun, steady nerve and accurate aim saved his life, for he found 
the dead body of a ferocious grey ribbed lynx, with a bullet em- 
bedded in its brain, for whose destruction of course he received the 
legal bounty. Three of his sons reside on near-by farms on the 
Hay side, X. Marysburg, east of Prinyer's Cove; they are George, 

is and Marshall. Their farms show care and intelligent 
application on a soil and in a situation not to be excelled in the 

On the old homestead lives Marshall Harrison, the youngest of 

the family residing in the county, and the pioneer, in this section, 

in the matter of entertaining summer visitors. The house, grounds 

and situation are admirably fitted for the purpose, as the shore is 

lined with noble oaks, maples and pines, while along it winds a 

i drive-day for miles. In most weathers, yachting, boating 

Mshiii" 1 may be indulged in, and in summer there is a cool 

". and a safe shore for bathing. From every point of view, 



this part of the Bay of Quinte is unsurpassed as a visiting place 
for summer tourists. 



I. Timothy Harrison, m. Christina A. Miller; set. N. Marysburg. 

Issue: (1) Matilda, (2) Grace E., (3) George B., (4) John S., 
(5) Louise, (6) Angus, (7) Marshall, and (8) Wilson. 

II. Eliza Harrison, m. William Powers; set. Tamworth. 

III. Mary Harrison, m. James Hughes ; set. S. Marysburg. 

IV. Phoebe Harrison, m. David Hudgin ; set. S. Marysburg. 

V. Louise Harrison, m. William Minaker; set. N. Marysburg. 

See I. The Timothy Harrison Branch : 

(1) Matilda Harrison, m. John Snider; set. N. Marysburg. Is- 
sue: (a) Anthony, deceased, (6) Grace E., (c) John N., 
(d) Coesty A., (e) Leslie, and (f) Nancy. 

(2) Grace E. Harrison, m. George Dame. 

(3) George B. Harrison, m. Rachael Sanborn; set. N. Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) Allen S. Harrison was twice married 
and set. Norwood. (6) Wesley Harrison, m. Margaret 
Ingraham. (c) Wallace Harrison, (d) Adelaide Harri- 
son, m. Frank Allison, (e) Francis Harrison, m. and 
set. Trenton. (/) George Harrison, m. Amelia Weldon; 
set. N. Marysburg. (g) Grace Harrison, unm. ; set. 

(4) John S. Harrison, m. Hannah McCrady ; set. Pennsylvania. 

(5) Louis Harrison, m. Frank Vandewater. 

(6) Angus Harrison, m. Sarah Minaker; set. N. Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Eliphalet, (6) Ethel, and (c) Blanche. 

(7) Marshall Harrison, m. Precilla Pierce; set. N. Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) John A., (6) Marshall E. and (c) Frederics 

(8) Wilson Harrison, m. Frances Wright; set. Toronto. Issue: 

(a) Clarence and (5) Helen. 


The name "Hawley" is fragrantly significant of blossoming 
and sweetly perfumed hedge rows and rich verdant pastures, thread- 


(<1 with meandering brooks and dotted with clumps of clustering 
[ Saxon derivation is expressive of the quiet and con- 
tent of rural life. "Haw" means a green plot in a valley or a 
small field in meadow; but it is more frequently construed as a 
fruit or wild berry, like Lie berries of the pink and white haw- 
thorn so common by the roadsides and laneways of the Old Coun- 
try. "Ley," or "lea" as it is written,* is a pasture field, and is 
commonly used in England, being a favorite word with the poets. 
The name Hawley is one of great antiquity. It occurs in two or 
three different guises in Sherry's "Norman Conquest," and men- 
tion is made in the "Rose of Battle Abbey" in the Eleventh Cen- 
tury of a Hansard Hastings Hawley, one of the Normans who came 
over with William the Conqueror. 

The founder of the family in America was Joseph Hawley, who 
was born in Derbyshire, and emigrated to the Colony of Massa- 
chusetts about 1640. The prominent part which he played in the 
early settlement of Connecticut, and the esteem in which he was 
held by his fellow colonists, is evidenced by the fact that he was 
elected the first Yeoman and Recorder of Stratford, in which place 
itlecl shortly after his arrival in the New World. 
At the two-hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the founding 
of Stratford, which was held a few weeks ago, there was present 
General Joseph R. Hawley, a veteran of the American Civil War, 
who has been Governor of Connecticut, and is now a U. S. Senator 
from that state. General Hawley, like all the Hawleys on the con- 
tinent, is a direct descendant of Joseph Hawley, who was also the 
ancestral progenitor of the Hawleys in Canada. 

Joseph Hawley had a son Samuel who was born at Stratford 
in 1047. Samuel had a son Ephraim who was born at New Mil- 
ford in 1692. Ephraim had a son Captain Jehiel who was born at 
NVwtown in 1712. Jehiel Hawley subsequently removed from Con- 
cut to Vermont, where he had a son Jeptha born at Arlington 
in 1740. 

Jeptha Hawley lived at Arlington until after the Revolution- 
<iry War, when he emigrated with his wife and seven children to 
da. He settled at Bath, and took up a large tract of U.E.L. 
land. The family, whose names were: Martin, Russell, Davis, 
Sheldon, A/oba, Amarilla, and Esther, became prominent persons 
in the locality, as well as in the other parts of Canada in which they 
or their descendants have since settled, and emulated the promin- 


ence attained by their ancestors and connections in the United 

Two of the grandsons of Joseph Hawley, Josiah and Sheldon, 
both of whom were born at Bath, the former in 1792, the latter in 
1794, were among the pioneer merchants and lumber dealers in 
Trenton, where they settled in 1817. Not only were they very suc- 
cessful, owning a business which, for the times, was a very large 
one, but they became active factors in the affairs of the community. 
The two brothers had the entire confidence of the community, and 
the name of Hawley was a household word throughout the district, 
and even in Montreal and Quebec, to which places they shipped 
large quantities of lumber, returning with goods with which bo 
supply their extensive country trade. 

Josiah Hawley, who was a good citizen in all that the phrase 
implies, was of a retiring disposition, and not so active a partici- 
pant in local affairs as Sheldon Hawley. After several prosperous 
years he sold out his interest and partnership to his brother, who 
continued the business for many years afterward. 

Records show that Sheldon Hawley served as Captain in the 
War of 1812, and as Lieut.-Colonel in the Rebellion of 1837-38. 
During the latter troublous times he gave the Government the use 
of his storehouse in which to store arms, ammunition and provis- 
ions. The storehouse was burned down by the Rebels, who, it 
was supposed, also burned Sheldon Hawley 's house on Hawley 's 
Hill. It was in 1837 that Sheldon Hawley with Edmund Murney, 
Clark Potter and others brought the Government money from 
Kingston to Trenton, where they put it in the old stone barracks 
for safe keeping. 

Sheldon Hawley was a man of great executive ability, and 
naturally a leader ; but his interests were not alone confined to secu- 
lar matters ; he was a strong churchman. He used his most strenu- 
ous endeavors to have Trenton, which prior to that had only been 
an out station of the Church of England at the Carrying Place, 
become a separate parish church. In support of his wish, besides 
donating the land on which, in 1845, St. George 's Church was erec- 
ted, he subscribed one hundred pounds; the Right Rev. Bishop 
Strachan having previously given a like amount. Sheldon Haw- 
ley was among the first Wardens elected for the church, and held 
the office until his death. He was a generous man, not only in 
church matters, but with reference to the poor ; and he turned away 


ving object empty-handed. While his bounty was ever 
'or the needy, his hospitable latch-string always hung on 
le of the door. He entertained many persons of impor- 
id his strong personality and conversational powers espe- 
cially iit.ted him for the task. 

After a useful and strenuous life, Sheldon Hawley died in 
( 1 seventy-four years, and his brother Josiah in 1875, aged 
eii> hi \-thive years. In their deaths, Trenton lost two of its most 
r<>sp< -ct <'d and prominent citizens. Of Sheldon Hawley 's family 
it may !>./ mentioned that Susan M. married Alonzo Shaver, and 
later Philip Carman; she, with her sister Mercy, (who is the widow 
of tin 4 late prominent barrister, Charles Francis), reside in their 
comfortable home in Trenton. Nancy married Charles E/ykert, a 
barrister of St. Catharines. Amanda S. married David Roblin* 
formerly of Trenton. Robert married Pauline Howard and settled 
in the United States. 

Josiah Hawley had two sons : Josiah H., who was killed in the 
American Civil War; and Albert D. C., who became prominent in 
the business affairs of Trenton. He was born in 1830, and for 
many years, and until his death in 1870, was the leading druggist 
and stationer of the town. He was a man of affairs, and before 
Trenton reached its present size, was Reeve, and afterwards Coun- 
cillor, lie was also a Captain in the Militia, an active and promi- 
nent member of the Church of England, a member of the Loyal 
Orange Lodge, and, like many other members of the Hawley fam- 
ily, a strong Conservative. His son, Albert W. Hawley, in 1877, 
iu'ce'ded him in his business, which he still conducts. He takes 
a leading part in the affairs of his native town, and has been its 
Mayor, a member of the School Board for over twenty years, Chair- 
man of the Conservative Association, and Warden of St. George's 

Harold H. Hawley, the third son of Albert D. C. Hawley was 

edur.-iled i'or, and became a physician. He was very skillful and is 

mentioned by leading people of Trenton as the cleverest young 

that that place has produced. He died at the early age of 

thirty-six, when at the threshold of success, and unmarried. Charles 

L. Hawley, L.D.S., is a graduate of the Royal College of Denial 

Surgeons, Toronto, and has practiced his profession at Trenton 

< 1881. He is a member of the Church of England, a Conser- 

\ati\v in politics, and has been a member of the Town Council. 


Amanda Hawley, youngest daughter of Davis Hawley and 
granddaughter of Joseph Hawley, married Samuel Miller, (see 
Andrew Miller Family). Two of her grandchildren, and there- 
fore of the sixth generation from the Canadian pioneer, are, F. F. 
Miller, C.E., and his sister, Mrs. F. T. Dibb, of Napanee. 



I. Davis Hawley, m. and had issue: (1) Jehiel, (2) Rachael, (3) 

Sarah, (4) Joseph C., (5) Clarinda, (6) Josiah, (7) Sheldon, 

(8) Mary A., (9) Amanda, and (10) Abijah. 
See 1. The Davis Hawley Branch : 

(1) Jehiel Hawley, m. Lavinia Ryder; set. near Napanee. Is- 
sue: (a) Davis, (&) Reuben, (c) Charles, (d) Nelson, (e) 
Myra, and (/) Parmela. 

(2) Rachael Hawley, m. John Miller; set. Bath. Issue: (a) 

(3) Sarah Hawley; m. Charles Everett; set. Kingston. Issue: 

(a) Mary A., (&) Sarah, and (c) Clarinda. 

(4) Joseph C. Hawley, m. Mary Douglas; set. South Freder- 
icksburg. Issue: (a) George B., (b) Charles H., (c) 
John M., (d) Mary A., (e) Amanda, and (/) Caroline. 

(5) Clarinda Hawley, m. John Stewart; set. Perth. Issue: 
(a) Clarinda Stewart, m. Frank Wallbridge; set. Belle- 

(6) Josiah Hawley, m. Susan Johns, 1828; set. Trenton. Issue: 
(a) Albert D. C. Hawley, m. Marinda Knight, of the 

pioneer Kingston Knight Family; set. Trenton. Issue: 

Sarah M. Hawley, m. Rev. Montague G. Poole; set. Tren- 
ton. (Issue: Reginald G., Stanley G., Winnifred G., and 
Albert G. ) . Albert W. Hawley, m. Eliza Gordon Bonter ; 
set. Trenton. (Issue: Harold A., Marian G., Helen and 
Louise S.). Edward A. Hawley, unm. ; Charles L. Hawley, 
m. Sarah Gill; set. Trenton. Issue: Arthur, Henry and 
John. Harold H. Hawley, M.D. ; d. unm., aged 36 years. 
David J. Hawley, m. Effie Cornwall; set. Trenton. (Issue: 
Olive, Lucille, Kathleen, Edwin and David) ; Gertrude A. 
Hawley, m. Walter C. Boddy, Manager, Standard Bank, 


Campbell ford. Issue: Albert and Walter. Annie M. 
llawley, unm. (6) Josiah II. Ilawley, killed in American 
Civil War. 

Sheldon Ilawley, m. Nancy Johns, 1821; set. Trenton. Is- 
sue: (a} Susan M. Hawley, m. (1st) Alonzo Shaver and 
(2nd) Philip Carman; set. Trenton; no issue, (&) John 
S. Ilawley, d. unm. (c) Sheldon Hawley, d. unm. (d) 
Xancy Hawley, m. Charles Rykert; set. St. Catharines. 
Issue: Alfred Rykert, d.y. Charles Rykert, m. Ella Wells; 
M-t. United States; no issue. Edwin Rykert, m. Mabel 
Harris; set. Montreal. Issue: Phyllis. Arthur Rykert, 
m. and set. Dundas. Issue: Doris. Emma Rykert, m. 
Clarence McCuaig; set. Montreal. Issue: Rykert, Erie and 
Clarence ; Annie and Henry Rykert, unm. ; George and 
Alice Rykert, d.y. (e) George Hawley, d. unm. (/) 
Amanda V. Hawley, m. David Roblni ; set. Trenton. Is- 
sue : Mercy Roblin, d. y. ; Robert Roblin, d. y. ; John Rob- 
lin, d. y. Susan E. Roblin, m. Philip Price ; set. St. Cath- 
arines. Issue: Philip I., Phyllis and Era V. (g) Mercy 
Hawley, m. Charles Francis; set. Trenton. No issue, (h) 
Robert Hawley, m. Pauline Howard; set. United States. 
Issue: Howard, and Grace, m. Ralph Wells; set. Cali- 
fornia. (Issue: Ralph, Howard H., Robert H., and 
Frances G.) 

(8) Mary A. Hawley, m. Daniel Everett; set. Kingston. Is- 
sue: (a) Sarah and (b) Mercy. 

(9) Amanda Hawley, m. Samuel Miller; set. Ernesttown. Is- 
sue: (a) Davis Hawley, (b) William, (c) Nancy, (d) 
Mercy, (e) Samuel K., (/) Charles Everett, and (g) 
Anna. See the Andrew Miller Family. 

(10) Abijah Hawley, m. Miss Johnson; set. Bath. 


The Howell family are of Welsh extraction and bear a name 
well-known in the Principality. Before the middle' of the 
eighteenth century, Richard Howell, who was born in 1715, emi- 
grated to Sussex County, New Jersey. He married Anna O'Don- 
nell, from Dublin; but whether before or after coming to America 
does not appear. It is supposed that he died before the commence- 


ment of the Revolutionary War ; but in any event, it was his son, 
John Howell, born in 1753, who eventually became the pioneer of 
the family in Canada. 

When about twenty-three years old, John Howell moved to 
Johnstown, by the Mohawk River, and about the same time enlis- 
ted in the second battalion of Sir John Johnstone, the son of Sir 
William Johnstone (a native of Ireland who had acquired a consid- 
erable estate on the banks of the Mohawk), and a most distinguish- 
ed officer under General Burgoyne. He served throughout the 
Revolutionary War and was with Sir John at the investment of 
Fort Stanwix and the defeat of General Herkimer, and when Sir 
John was himself defeated, in 1780, by General Van Rensselaer at 
Fox's Mills. He received rapid promotion, rising to sergeant-major 
and subsequently receiving his commission in Butler's Rangers, a 
regiment much maligned by many fabrications. 

On the termination of the war, Major Howell and his regi- 
ment were stationed at Oswego ; and, while garrisoning that im- 
portant point, the gallant soldier conceived an affection for a Ger- 
man girl whose name was Eva Catharine Sheets, and married her. 
Peace being declared, his regiment was disbanded, and he came to 
Kingston. Afterwards, some time between the years 1785 and 
1787, the dates of the births of his children Mary A. and Jacob, he 
moved to Fredericksburg, where he settled on two hundred acres of 
land, and built a wind mill, probably one of the first mills propelled 
by power to be erected in Upper Canada ; and subsequently sold to 
a settler named Russell. He remained about twelve years in Fred- 
ericksburg, and again removed, this time to Sophiasburg, where he 
must have settled before 1804, as six of his children were born 
there, between that year and 1815. 

He landed in Sophiasburgh in a little cove just below Big 
Island near the present Northport. He remained there a short time, 
until he moved west near the village of Demorestville, and finally 
settled on Big Island, on what is now recognized as the John Moran 
place. His loyalty in the war had cost him dearly. His estate 
was confiscated, and as the lands proved very valuable, for the city 
of Rome, N.Y., was built upon it, he spent much time and money in 
a vain attempt to regain its possession. He was notoriously com- 
bative, and fought for his rights with the tenacity of a bulldog in 
the courts of that state ; but he fought a new power which construed 
the law to suit itself, and, in the end, his suit was defeated. The 


British Government, however, recognised hi's services in the loyal- 
ist en use. and gave him a grant of twelve hundred acres for him- 

and a like quantity for his family. He also received a com- 
mission as Just ice of the Peace, and was appointed Colonel of the 
Prince Kdwanl Militia, and a Mohawk Indian Agent. 

His familiarity with several Indian dialects and his former in- 
timate relations with the Mohawk Indians on the Mohawk River, 
enabled him to win the regard of the Indians on the Bay of Quinte. 
ilis visits to them were frequent, and were gladly returned by their 
chief's, who sought his advice and looked on him as an arbitrator in 
their matters of dispute. He has been described as being six feet, 
two inches in height, with red hair and blue eyes; and his com- 
manding presence and military figure, with a long sword clanging 
by his side, compelled the respect of the Indians, and never failed 
to quell them when their savage -propensities were awakened. It 
has been narrated how on a certain occasion a band of blood-be- 
smeared braves came over from Tyendinaga and implored the 
Major to return with them, to act as mediator in their troubles. He 
consented, and met their victorious enemies, whom he ordered to 
smoke the pipe of peace and bury the hatchet. At first they were 
stubborn, and threatened to kill him if he interfered; but he over- 
awed them, and appealing to their native sense of justice and fair 
play, succeeded in effecting a reconciliation. 

But notwithstanding his stern appearance and martial air, the 
Pioneer was fond of a practical joke. Once, in the early days, two 
of his militiamen fell in love with the same girl not an altogether 
original proceeding. As neither would retire, and the lady could 
not be shared, the swains decided that the matter should be settled 
by a duel ; for duels .were not yet out of fashion, although of rare 
occurrence, in the forests of Upper Canada. Not recognizing the 
necessity of seconds, the rivals appealed to the Major. Yes; he 
was agreeable, and would act for both, provided the choice of wea- 
pons was left to him. Lying somewhere among his disused ac- 
coutrements, he had a rusty, bent and absolutely harmless old 
sword, which he carried with him when he proceeded to the ground 
selected for the combat. The principals could not understand why 
he had brought but the one weapon, and that one more like an anti- 
quarian relic of the Roman period than a smooth Bilbao blade; so 
they asked for an explanation. "Oh," said Hie Major, in a casual 
tone, "one can use it until he gets tired; then the other can have 


a try;" which settled the duel, but did not dispose of the girl, who 
married a third party. 

The Pioneer was a man of liberal education for the times in 
.which he lived, being conversant with the Dutch and French lan- 
guages, besides several Indian dialects. His intelligent and pro- 
gressive ideas led him quickly to perceive the evidences the country 
gave of being particularly suitable for fruit culture; and he was 
one of the first, if not the first, of the settlers in his part of the 
county, to produce an apple-bearing orchard. The old people of 
quarter of a century ago, when discussing the merits of this or 
that kind of apple, always referred to certain varieties which grew 
in Major Howell's orchard as being the best they ever ate. The 
orchard was planted about three miles west of Northport, where 
there are now to be found traces of an old burying ground. 

So far as can be ascertained the German girl the Pioneer mar- 
ried at Oswego was his first wife; but from an account given by 
Canniff, the historian, one might be led to infer otherwise. He says : 
"An event in Howell's life during the war is not without a touch- 
ing interest. , Before joining the regiment, he had courted and won 
the heart of a fair lady at Johnstown. While stationed at Coteau 
du Lac he obtained permission during the winter, when hostilities 
were suspended, to go to Johnstown to obtain his bride. Guided 
by seven Indians, he set out to traverse a pathless wilderness on 
snow-shoes. The wedding trip had its perils, and almost a fatal 
termination. On their return they lost their way in the intermin- 
able woods, and soon found themselves destitute of food. For days 
they were without anything to eat. One day they shot a squirrel, 
which, divided among them, was hardly a taste to each. The thongs 
of their shoes were roasted and eaten, to allay 'the pangs of hunger. 
At last they succeeded in shooting a deer, which had well nigh 
proved the death of some, from over-eating. Two of the men were 
left behind, but they subsequently came in." 

The Pioneer undoubtedly had a second wife, who was Mrs. 
Nancy Fairman, and whose children by him were John, Catharine, 
Charles, Hector, and Nancy. His sister Lucretia married Joseph 
Morden, the progenitor of the Mordens who are settled in the Bay 
of Quinte district. Major John Howell lived to be an old man, 
having had many strange incidents crowded into his adventurous 
life ; and having enjoyed for many years the respect and affection 


of both whites and Indians. He had a large family and left many 
descendants who have become prominent men in the Bay district. 

His son Griffith kept a store on the Broadway in Demorest- 
ville; lu- also engaged largely in lumbering. In one enterprise he 
was joined by his brother Jacob, and while the latter remained to 
attend to the business in this county, Griffith set out with the lum- 
ber for Montreal. But he met with misfortune; for his raft broke 
up wl leu shooting a rapid in the river, and all on board were 
drowned, with the exception of himself, who, strangely enough was 
the only one of all the crew that could not swim. A relic of one 
jf these lumbering trips is an old wooden clock, whose works are 
made of wood, and which was purchased in Montreal for forty-five 
dollars, and has kept regular time for over eighty years. This old 
timepiece is now in the possession of John A. Howell of Amelias- 
bur jr, who is a grandson of Jacob Howell. 

Jacob Howell substituted farming for lumbering. He owned 
and worked a farm of two hundred acres in Gomorrah, on which 
he lived until his death, when it passed into the hands of his son 
Randall, and was eventually sold, being now in the possession of 
the Long-well family. Jacob Howell, among his many other business 
undertakings, for many years distilled whiskey, for which he found 
a ready sale. He was a Warden of the County, and like his father 
was held in high respect. An active member of the Presbyterian 
Church, he was widely known as a local preacher. 

Many descendants of the old Pioneer, and more particularly 
of the Jacob branch, are settled in Ameliasburg. John A. Howell, 
a son of Griffith Howell, and a great-grandson of Major John How- 
ell, starting out early in life for himself, with the help of his bro- 
ther James acquired a rich fertile farm near Mountain View, in 
which district he has been the leading Magistrate for many years. 
In his young days he taught school, and by travel and study has 
since kept himself intelligently abreast of the times; for over twen- 
ty years he has been a much appreciated Methodist class leader. He 
is not only respected as a successful farmer, but is cordially liked 
for his genial and kindly disposition. Always a staunch Reformer, 
and now a member of the Executive Council for Prince Edward, 
he is very proud of his politics; a pride however which permits him 
to tolerate, in a manner that befits his liberal views, the opinions of 
those who happen to differ from him. 



I. Richard Howell, b. 1781 ; m. Miss Emmett ; set. Sophiasburgh. 

Issue: (1) James I., (2) Richard, and (3) Catherine. 

II. Griffith Howell, b. 1783 ; m. Elizabeth Lazier, nee Fralick, set. 
Demorestville. Issue: (1) John, (2) Sarah, and (3) Cath- 

III. Mary A. Howell, b. 1785 ; m. Robert Vaughan ; set. Demorest- 
ville. Issue: (1) Lanor, (2) Richard, and (3) John. 

IV. Jacob Howell, b. 1787 ; m. Catherine Fox ; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (1) Griffith, (2) David S., (3) James C., and (4) Ran- 

V. James R. Howell, b. 1789 ; m. 1st, Chloe Wilson, and 2nd, Mrs. 

Elizabeth Stroane; set. Ameliasburg. Finally he removed to 
Murray and afterwards Tyendinaga, where some of his descen- 
dants are still to be found. 

VI. Lucretia Howell, b. 1791 ; d. y. 

VII. Lorraine Howell, b. 1793; m. George Wilson; set Sophias- 
burgh, finally New York State. Issue: (1) Amanda, (2) 
Letitia, (3) Charles, (4) George, (5) Otis, and (6) Anne. 

VIII. Letitia Howell, b. 1795 ; d. y. 

IX. John Howell, b. 1904; d. y. 

X. Catherine Howell, b. 1806. 

XI. Charles Howell, b. 1811 ; m. Harriet Peck ; set. Belleville. Is- 
sue: (1) Collingwood, (2) Hector M., (3) David, (4) James, 
(5) Wesley, (6) John S., (7) Frank, and (8) a dau. d. in inf. 

XII. Hector Howell, b. 1813, m. 1st, Matilda Roblin and 2nd, Har- 
riet Mason; set. Ameliasburg. No issue. 

XIII. Nancy Howell, b. 1815; m. John Simpson; set. finally in 
Detroit. Issue: (1) Thomas, m. thrice; set. Detroit. No issue. 

See II. The Griffith Howell Branch : 

(1) John Howell, m. Sophira Talcott; set. Demorestville. Is- 
sue: (a) Samuel and (6) John. 

(2) Sarah Howell, m. Samuel Smith; set. Demorestville. Is- 
sue: (a) George W., (6) Samuel N., (c) Elizabeth, and 
(d) Sarah C. 

(3) Catharine Howell, m. Rev. James Rogers; set. Demorest- 
ville. Issue: (a) Sarah C., (5) Richard, and (c) Sam- 
uel J. 


See III. The Mary A. Howell Branch : 

(1) Lanor Vaughan, m. Jeremiah. Dunning. Issue: (a) Mary, 

(&) James, and (c) William. 

(2) Richard Vaughan, m. Mary A. Fones; set. Watertown. 
Issue: (a) Augusta, and (6) another dau. 

(3) John Vaughan, d. unm. 
See IV. The Jacob Howell Branch-. 

(1) Griffith Howell, m. Phoebe A. Allison; set. Ameliasburg. 
Issue: (a) Jacob E. Howell, (deceased) Methodist Minis- 
ter, m. Lucy C. Jamieson; set. finally Belleville. Issue: 
Albert J., m. Sarah Acheson; set. Deaford, Mich. (Issue: 
James E. R., and Alberta A.) ; William B. L., m. Edith 
Livingstone; set. Port Arthur. No issue; Mary, unm.; 
set. Belleville ; Hannah L., unm., Trained Nurse, Chicago ; 
James E. R., (d. y.) ; Lucy, m. Ernest A. Eakins; set. 
Chicago. No issue, and Roy B. W., (d.y.). (6) John A. 
Howell, J.P., m. Sarah S. Fox; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: 
Sarah M., m. Cyrus R. Hancock; set: Chatham. (Issue: 
Jessie, Annie, Minnie and Cassie) ; Minnie C., Phoebe A., 
and Wellington G. (all unm.). (c) Davi'd M. Howell, m. 
Sarah Meliassa Way; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: May, m. 
Egbert Frederick; set. Belleville. No issue. Jacob B., 
m. Cassie Williams; set. Ameliasburg. No issue. Maud, 
m. Guy Johnston; set. Hallowell. No issue; and Austin 
m. Agnes Fleming; set. Ingersoll. No issue, (d) James 
R. Howell, unm. (e) Catherine A. Howell, m. B. W. 
Meyers ; set. Belleville. Issue : Etta, Morley, Maggie, 
Jennie, George Byron, and Earl. (/) Wellington W. 
Howell, unm. (g) Cyrus R. Howell, m. Mary Hendri'cks; 
set. finally New York City. Issue: Frederick (m. May 
Murphy), Rosalind, and Reginald. 

(2) David S. Howell, m. Abaline Jellett; set. finally Cedar 
Rapids, Iowa. Issue: (a) Richard, (6) Albert, (c) Walla, 
(d) Harry, (e) Stephen, and (/) William. 

(3) James C. Howell, m. Charlotte Boulter; set. Roslin. No 

(4) Randall Howell, m. 1st, Eliza Young, and 2nd, Harriet 
Sprung; set. Demorestville. Issue: by 1st, (a) Russell, 
m. Louise McCarthy; set. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Issue: Philip, 
and Alice). (&) Reuben, m. Almira Ketchum; set. Iowa. 


(Issue: William, and Nina) ; and by 2nd, (c) Dora, m. 
Purvis Wilson; set. Michigan. No issue; and (d) Frank, 
m. Ella Fralick; set. Demorestville. (Issue: Vera, and 


Three brothers came to America from England, and settled in 
Vermont in the end of the seventeenth or the beginning of the 
eighteenth century; and it was from one of these that our pioneer 
is descended. As a young man he heard glowing accounts of Can- 
ada as a country where youth and vigor had rich possibilities ; tak- 
ing their fortunes in their hands, he and an elder brother started 
for Canada about the year 1815 and arrived in Prince Edward 
County, settling first on a hundred acre lot in Hallowell. For 
some reason his brother did not remain in Canada, but returned 
to the United States; but Rufus Howe made up his mind from 
the start that Prince Edward County had before it a great agricul- 
tural future. Seeing a better chance of speedy success in Hillier, 
he sold out to Harvey and Peter Hunt and removed from Hallo- 
well to that township, where he bought one hundred and fifty 
acres. A few acres only had been cleared; for the most part the 
land was as nature had fashioned it, and besides being heavily 
timbered, it presented nearly every aspect of wildness. He went 
through the routine of hardship and patient toil, which the hus- 
bandman experiences under such circumstances, besides clearing 
and improving his own farm, he was accustomed to work for other 
early settlers, bearing the names of Huff and Saylor. He availed 
himself of every opportunity of bettering his fortunes; in late 
autumn when the press of work on the farm was over, he betook 
himself to fishing on the lake, and in this way added to an income 
which was increasing yearly. He married Elizabeth Hunt. At the 
time of his death he had accumulated considerable wealth, which 
he willed to his sons and daughters, leaving the old homestead to 
his youngest son, John H. All of his children survive him, except 
his son, Charles R., and two daughters, Jane and Sarah. Daniel 
lives near Consecon, and his daughter, Marion L., is a teacher of 
the local school. 

Hon. Joseph Howe, of the Maritime Provinces, was a distant 
relative of the pioneer. 



I. Robert Howe, m. Mary Anderson; set. Ameliasburg. No issur. 

II. Daniel Howe, m. 1st, Isabella Adams, 2nd, Mary A. Wilson, 
and 3rd, Nancy Nethery; set finally Hillier. Issue: by 1st, 
(1) Rebecca A., (2) Charles A., (3) Daniel A., (4) George 
J., (5) Mary E, (6) William H., and (7) Isabella; and by 
2nd, (8) John W., and (9) Rufus; and by 3rd, (10) Ida G., 
and (11) Marion L. 

III. Sarah Howe, m. William Stapleton; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 
Adeline B., (2) Clarissa, (3) John W-, (4) Robert, (5) Fanny, 
(6) Nettie, (7) Adelia, and (8) Joseph. 

IV. Charles R. Howe, m. Mrs. Fannie Young; set. Ameliasburg. 
Issue: (1) Albert, (2) Walter, (3) Elizabeth, and (4) Man- 

V. Jane Howe, m. Alpheus Darling; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 

Christina, (2) Charles, (3) Wallace, (4) John, (5) Joseph, 
(6) Bertha, (7) Robert, and (8) Daniel. 

VI. Elizabeth Howe, m. Christopher Wannamaker; set. Amelias- 
burg. Issue: (1) Egerton, (2) John, (3) Alma, and (4) 

VII. Almira Howe, m. 1st, Willett Snider, 2nd, Jarvis Maybee; 
set. Ameliasburg. Issue: by 1st, (1) Florence, (2) Rufus 0., 
(3) Eber, and (4) William; and by 2nd, (5) Rosa. 

VIII. John H. Howe, m. Maggie Becker; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 
Irene, (2) Nina, and (3) Zella. 

See II. The Daniel Howe Branch: 

(1) Rebecca A. Howe, m. Robert Jones; set. Hillier. 

(2) Charles A. Howe, m. Emma Townsend; set. Huron Co. 
No issue. 

(3) Daniel A. Howe, m. 1st, Sarah Roblin, and 2nd, Mary 
Roblin; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: by 2nd, (a) Muriel A. 

(4) George J. Howe, m. Delia Potter; set. finally Assiniboia. 
Issue: (a) Arthur, (6) Ethel, (c) Percy, (d) Bessie, and 
(e) Mildred. 

(5) Mary E. Howe, m. Wallace Darling; set. Hastings Co. 

(6) William H. Howe, m. Victoria Huyck; set. Hillier. No 


(7) Isabella Howe, m. William Johnson; set. Hillier. 

(8) John W. Howe, m. Jennie Bowman; set. Northwest. 

(9) Rufus Howe, m. Nancy Nethery; set. finally Assiniboia. 

(10) Ida G. Howe, unm. ; set. Brandon. 

(11) Marion L. Howe, unm.; set. Hillier. School teacher in 
S. S. No. 7. 


The Halliwell family is an old Anglo-Saxon one, and dates 
back to the earliest records in England. The name is derived from 
Hallig's Well, which is the Anglo-Saxon for Holy Well. This well 
is situated near Blackburn, Lancashire, England, where the fam- 
ily always lived. 

Rev. John Halliwell, the father of the subject of this sketch, 
was born in England, January 22, 1830. His father Lawrence 
Halliwell, was the son of a land owner, but Lawrence went into 
commercial life in Blackburn in early manhood. Rev. John Halli- 
well was educated at the schools of his native town and at Glasgow 
University. In 1851 he married, in England, Nancy Earl, of the 
old Yorkeshire family of that name. She was a niece of John Earl, 
of Cote St. Louis, near Lachute, Quebec, a prominent citizen there, 
who resisted the overtures of Pappineau and Mackenzie during 
the Rebellion of 1837-1838, and for whose capture they offered a 
large reward. Rev. John Halliwell came to Canada in 1857, with his 
wife and two children, John Earl and William Earl. After remain- 
ing a short time in Montreal, they removed to Cote St. Louis. In 1867 
John Halliwell was ordained deacon of the Anglican Church, and 
in 1871 was rector of St. John's Church, Stirling. In the summer 
of 1876 he was appointed rector of the parish of Hillier, Prince 
Edward County, where he remained for seven years, and then 
removed to VanKleek Hill. Here he remained until he had a 
paralytic stroke, about 1896, when he was superannuated and 
came to Stirling, where he lived the balance of his life. He died 
in 1899 in his seventieth year. His wife died in December, 1901. 

Rev. John Halliwell was not alone zealous in religious affairs, 
but took an active interest in secular matters as well. In the Loyal 
Orange Association he held the position of Grand Chaplain of 
British North America for many years, and until his death. In the 
early nineties, when the Triennial Council met in Canada, he was 


Supreme Chaplain of the World. He was plaintiff in 

nl action in the Canadian courts, which decided the 

- of the clergy of the Church of England in Canada. 

He was a well read and well informed man on nearly every con- 

Mf subject, and excelled as a public speaker, not only being 

elx I IK in and convincing in argument, but impressing his hearers 

with his thorough knowledge of the subject matter in hand. He 

h-tive an interest in politics as his calling would admit, 

and tui questions of general public interest he never hesitated to 

'iis opinion, both privately and publicly. He was a warm 

nal and trusted friend of the Eight Hon. Sir John A. Mac- 

donald for many years, and until the latter 's death. He left the 

following issue: John Earl, William Earl, Charlotte Earl, Edwin 

A i-iii it age Earl, and Lawrence Earl. Capt. E. A. E. Halliwell is 

British Vice Consul for the Republic of Mexico. He served in 

the Northwest Rebellion of 1885, and was shot five times while 

trying to carry his brother from the field. Lawrence Earl is a 

mining engineer. 

Lieut. -Col. John Earl Halliwell was born at Blackburn, Eng- 
land. July 18, 1854, and came to Canada with his parents when 
three years old. He matriculated from the Stirling High School 
for Trinity, and graduated with the degree of B.A. in 1879, and 
took his M.A. degree in 1903. He taught in the Orillia High 
School for two years, and then went to Belleville and commenced 
the study of law in the office of the late George D. Dickson, K.C. 
Colonel Halliwell early took an interest in military matters. As 
1873 he was a member of the No. 2 Company, 49th Regi- 
ment, under the late Dr. Boulter, of Stirling, and while attending 
Trinity, in Toronto, was a member of the Queen's Own Rifles, 
under, then Lieut.-Col. Otter. In 1883 he became a commissioned 

t in the 15th Regiment Argyll Light Infantry, under Lieut.- 

Lazier, and has been in the regiment ever since, passing suc- 
y from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant-Colonel of the 

:' nt. \\hich position he now holds. During the Riel Rebellion 
in 1885, Colonel Halliwell went with the Belleville company, 
which became "A" Company of the Midland Battalion as Lieuten- 

under the Jate Colonel Williams. He was in command of 
A " Company at the charge of Batoche, where he was seriously 
wounded. About two years afterwards, when he had recovered 
1'roin his wounds, he completed his law course, and commenced 


practice in Belleville, remaining there until 1893, when he removed 
to Stirling, where he has since resided and carried on his law 

Colonel II alii well has always been an active member of the 
Church of England. He is warden of St. John's Church, Stirl- 
ing, superintendent of the Sunday School, and lay delegate to the 
Synod of Ontario ; is representative of the Ontario Synod for the 
Provincial Synod of Canada; a member of the Mission Board and 
of the Executive Committee of the Diocese, and representative of 
the Diocese of Ontario on the Council of Trinity University. 

Colonel Halliwell is Past Master of the Stirling Masonic 
Lodge, Past D. D. G. M. of Prince Edward District, and Scribe E. 
of the Keystone Chapter of Royal Arch Masons; Past Grand 
Superintendent of Prince Edward District Royal Arch Masons, 
and a member of the Executive of the Grand Chapter of the Royal 
Arch Masons of Canada. He is Grand Master of the Royal Black 
Knights of Ireland ; Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of 
Ontario East, and was for three years District Deputy Grand 
Master of the Ancient Order of United Workmen for Prince 
Edward and Hastings. In 1896 he was Grand Overseer of the 
Order for Canada, and at present is Financier of the Stirling 
Lodge and member of the Executive Committee of the Grand 
Lodge of Canada. He is a past N.G., and at present a member of 
Stirling Lodge, I. 0. O. F., Odd Fellows' Encampment, and mem- 
ber of the Order of Humility and Perfection. He is also a mem- 
ber of the I. 0. F. For several years he has been a director of 
the North Hastings Agricultural Society and director of the Stirl- 
ing Horticultural Society. He has served a long term in the 
Village Council, and was Reeve in 1896 and member of the Hast- 
ings County Council. He is Clerk of the Municipality and Presi- 
dent of the Stirling Public Library. 

Colonel Halliwell is a staunch Conservative and is president 
of the West Hastings Conservative Association. He married 
October 16, 1900, Letitia E., daughter of James Boldrick, mer- 
chant, Stirling. They have two daughters, Marian A. E., and 
Kathleen Earl. 


The Prince Edward County Hubbs family are descendants 
of a collateral branch of that English family to which the phil- 

Born 1783; Died 1861 


osopher llobbes belonged. A member of the family crossed to 
America in the early days of the New English colonies. Some are 

ioned as officers serving in the English colonial army during 
tli- ! ':!!<'h wars, and prominence is given to the gallantry dis- 
play, -d by a certain Colonel Hubbs in an enterprise directed against 
Lou Other evidence tending to show that the family was 
on< i standing and importance are papers recently in the 

!i of Benjamin Hubbs, a son of William Hubbs, disclosing 
that the Ilubbs were slave holders (a sign of affluence), and were 
1 either in Maryland or Virginia. 

The pioneer of the family in Prince Edward County was 
Robert Hubbs. He was a Friend and an United Empire Loyalist 
who came t'rom Long Island in 1797. The original deed of his 
property is still in the possession of his great-grandson, Richard 
II . Ilubbs, barrister, of Picton. 

When Robert Hubbs landed on December 27, 1797, in that 
little cove in Picton Bay, by which the True Blue Orphanage has 
since been built, he was accompanied by his wife and eight chil- 
dren ; the youngest, Amos, being an infant at the time. His wife 
was Jane Haviland, a member of the family from whom has since 
descended the well-known Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia. 
Haviland,, like Robert and Benjamin, is found as a family name 
in the genealogy of the Hubbs family. In a very old Bible, now 
in the possession of Mrs. David B. Bowerman, it is recorded that 
Jane Haviland had a brother Benjamin, and that the Havilands 
were of Dutch origin. About the time that the Hubbs came to 
Canada, a John Haviland received a grant of land in Cramahe, 
which he afterwards sold to the pioneer, Hubbs. When our pion- 

eft the States, he travelled by what has since come to be known 
as the overland route; but as land alongside the river banks and 

Chores had been previously settled by the disbanded military, 
lie had to make his way further West than most of the pioneers of 
his day. Eventually reaching the head of Picton Bay, his first 

n landing from his batteau was to cut down a tree for a canoe. 
It WHS round the spot where he hewed the tree that he decided to 

and make his homestead. That clearing has since attained 
interest. Soon a log cabin, snugly nestled in the silence of 

the. \\ater-girt forest; it was replaced in time by a red frame house 
which Amos Hubbs disposed off to the Hill family, who sold it to 
the Hon. James McQuaig, M.P. ; and from his proprietorship it 


passed into the ownership of the True Blue Orphanage Society. 
The demands of increasing communication and the needs of mili- 
tary occupation led to the construction of the Danforth road, lead- 
ing from the Stone Mills at Glenora to the Murray Carrying Place, 
and .passing by the old Hubbs place. Along this road the soldiers 
marched on their way to Toronto during the War of 1812 ; and 
many a brave heart enjoyed the genial hospitality of the old pion- 
eer. His house was also a rendezvous for the travelling ministers 
of the time ; in 1799 his kindly welcome was particularly referred 
to by High Judge, a Friend preacher of note in the old days ; and 
ugain in 1808 by Ellas Hicks, the preacher founder of the Hick- 

Robert Hubbs was twice married before he migrated to Can- 
ada. His first wife's name is unknown, but she bore him one son, 
William Hubbs, who settled on the east half of lot thirteen in the 
first concession of Hillier, at what is now known as Hubbsville. 
This son married Phoebe Bull, a daughter of the old pioneer, 
Josiah Bull, and had a daughter Matura, who married Stephen 
Haight and settled in Norwich. William Hubbs eventually joined 
his daughter at Norwich. Robert Hubbs worked for Corey 
Spencer on the north High shore for a wage of flour, with which 
he returned, carrying it upon his back; and when pursuing his 
way from his log cabin to the Spencer homestead he had to walk 
round the head of the Bay, cross the swamp and pass through the 
wooded site of the present Glenwood cemetery. As food was scarce 
the settlers depended largely on the fish they caught and the game 
they shot. Fishing was conducted as another of those makeshifts 
of necessity. Standing on a light raft, the fisher would use a two- 
pronged steel fork with which to spear the plentiful fish. Having 
impaled one he directed the raft shorewards, pushing the fish along 
the bottom until the beach was reached. The steel fork was the 
only one possessed by the Hubbs for many years. For harvesting 
purposes they used a crotched stick with two prongs ; but the same 
steel fork was servicable in other sporting enterprises and served 
as a weapon of attack and defence against the wolves. 

A Friend, of fine character and commanding presence, pioneer 
Robert Hubbs has left many descendants in the county of Prince 
Edward and the Bay of Quinte district, who invariably have been 
noted as big and solid men, blessed with strong minds and loyal 


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.is, imbued with much common sense, and regarded as use- 
ul valuable members of the community. 

.lolin ('. llubl)s, son of Robert Hubbs, resides on the old home- 

..cupied by his father in 1851. He has led an active 

and nsrtul life, having served during the Fenian Raid as Sergeant- 

rriui'e Edward 16th Battalion, and holds a medal com- 

liis service. He has served in the South Marysburg 

<-ii and as assessor. His eldest son, Hiram, was accidentally 

shot, by one of his companions while duck shooting on Smith's Bay 

in l!)<>^. and died a week later. He is interred in the Black River 

Bridge Cemetery. 

Clarence H. Hubbs resides at home with his parents . 

jamin Hubbs, the eldest son of Robert Hubbs, and a great- 
grandson of the pioneer, sat for some years in the Council, and is 
now leading a retired life in Picton. His son, Charles Hubbs, 
married Edith M. Grimmon, and occupies the old homestead; his 
children being in the sixth generation from the pioneer. Another 
son, Alva Hubbs, owns and occupies a fine farm, a mile distant, 
on the Black River road. They are both progressive, successful 
farmers, and take an intelligent interest in the affairs of the muni- 



I. Benjamin Hubbs, b. 1783; d. 1861; m. 1st, Sarah Way, and 

llnd, Mrs. 'Nancy Young, nee Stinson; set. Bloomfield. Issue: 

by 1st, (1) Jemima, (2) Jane, (3) Robert, (4) Daniel W., 

(5) William, (6) Benjamin H., (7) Elizabeth, (8) John, (9) 

a, and (10) Mary B. 

II Uobert Hubbs, b. 1786; m. Phila Garrett; set. Hillier. Issue: 

Benjamin, (2) Grimmon, (3) Abraham, (4) Charles, (5) 
Pheobe, (6) Margaret, (7) Jane, (8) Lydia, and (9) Susan. 

III Mary Hubbs, b. 1788; m. Abraham Barker; set. Hallowell. 
[ague: (1) Caleb, (2) David, (3) Rebecca, (4) Lydia, (5) 
L'heohe, and (6) Mary A. 

IV. .Jemima Hubbs, b. 1790; m. Charles Saylor; set. Bloomfield. 
Issue: (1) Mary, (2) Samuel, (3) Adam H., (4) Lavina, (5) 
.John, (6) William II., (7) Caleb B., (8) Robert H.. 
Abram B., (10) Anna H., and (11) Charles. 


V. Haviland Hubbs, b. 1793; m. Martha Southard; set. Bloom- 
field. Issue: (1) Amos, (2) Henry, (3) William S., (4) 
Archelaus, and (5) David S. 

VI. Adam Hubbs, b. 1795; m. Mrs. Martha Barker; set. Hallo- 
well. Issue: (1) Pheobe A., (2) Willett, (3) Jane, (4) Ade- 
laide, and (5) Horatio. The father d. 1857, aged 62 yrs. ; 
the mother 1887, aged 82 yrs. 

VII. Amos Hubbs, b. 1797; m. Abigail Bull; set. Athol. Issue: 
(1) Edmund, (2) Asa, (3) Mary A., (4) Jane, (5) Benja- 
min A., (6) Stephen G., (7) Adam, (8) Hannah, and (9) 

VIII. Hannah Hubbs, b. 1800 ; m. John VanCleaf ; set. Hallowell. 
Issue: (1) Amos, (2) Sarah A., (3) Jane, (4) Benjamin, (5) 
Daniel, and (6) Abbey. 

IX. Annie Hubbs, b. 1805; d. unm. 

X. Sarah Hubbs, b. 1808; m. Archelaus Southard; set. Hallowell. 

Issue: (1) David, (2) Mary J., (3) Jane, and (4) Pheobe. 
See I. The Benjamin Hubbs Branch: 

(1) Jemima Hubbs, m. Caleb Platt; set. Hillier. 

(2) Jane Hubbs, d. unm. 

(3) Robert Hubbs, m. Ruth Cooper; set. finally South Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) Phoebe J. Hubbs, m. David Hughes; 
set. Black Creek. (&) Benjamin Hubbs, m. Maria Scott; 
set. Picton. (Issue: Alva, m. Lillian M. Stephen; set. 
homestead. Issue: Helen Maria) ; Charles, m. Edith M. 
Grimmon ; set. South Marysburg. (Issue: Sterling W., 
Kenneth B., George A., and Eva R.) Annie and Wilson. 
(c) Alzina Hubbs, d. unm. (d) John C. Hubbs, m. 1st, 
Mehetable Welbanks, and 2nd, Mary E. Welbanks; set. 
Black Creek. (Issue: by 1st, Ruth, Bertha, and May; 
and by 2nd, Hiram and Clarence.) (e) Mehetable Hubbs, 
m. Samuel Love; set. Madisto, Cal. (Issue: Maude, John 
R., Eva, Laura, Thomas, Gertrude, Guinevive, and 
Joseph.) (/) Rebecca Hubbs, m. S. Niles Seeds; set. Pic- 
ton. (Issue: S. Albert and Etta.) (g) Sarah Hubbs, 
m. Charles Brophy; set. Chicago. (Issue: Eva, Jennie, 
Minnie, Charles, and William.) (h) Obediah Hubbs, m. 
Bertha J. Huff; set. Picton. (Issue: Ralph.) 

(4) Daniel Hubbs, m. Mary Burlingham; set. Hallowell. 

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Issue: (a) Sarah, (6) Catherine, (c) Margaret, (d) 
Pheobe, (e) Caleb, (/') Jemima, (g) Reuben, (h) Han- 
nah, (/) Cornelius, (j) William W., and (k) Stanley. 
William Hubbs, m. Jemima Williams; set. ITallowell. 
Issue: (a) Almeda, (b) Sarah, (c) Benjamin, (d) Agnes, 
(e) Fred, and (/) Caleb. 

Benjamin H. Hubbs, m. Mary J. Abercrombie; set. Hallo- 
well. Issue: (a) Agnes, and (6) Matilda. 
Elizabeth Hubbs, m. Thomas Carman; set. Sophiasburgh. 
John Hubbs, m. Matilda McDonald; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
(a) William E., (6) Emma J., (c) Dr. Henry A., (d) 
Benjamin W., (e) John H., (/) Elizabeth, and (g) Mar- 

(9) Alva Hubbs, m. Emily P. Young; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
(a) Richard H. Hubbs, barrister; set. Picton; m. Susan 
E. Kayler. No issue. (b) Robert B. Hubbs, m. Esther 
Leavitt; set. Hallowell. (Issue: Florence E., Annie M., 
and Ernest A.) (c) Sarah J. Hubbs, m. Leslie VanCleaf ; 
set. Picton. (Issue: Helen, and Sarah E.) 
(10) Mary B. Hubbs, m. Daniel Brewer; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
(a) Benjamin, (b) Alva, (c) Sarah J., (d) Margaret, 
(e) Charles W., and (/) Adeline. 

n. The Robert Hubbs Branch: 

(1) Benjamin Hubbs, m. Sarah Vermilyea; set. Hillier; died 
1899. Issue: (a) Charles, (6) John, (c) Lydia, (d) 
Mary J., (e) Arnot, (f) Thomas L., and (g) Margaret. 
'2 } ( ; rimmon Hubbs, m. 1st, Margaret Dorland, and 2nd, 
Mary Pettingell; set. Hillier. Issue: by 1st: (a) Daniel, 
(6) Sarah A., (c) Jemima, (d) Jane; and by 2nd, (e) 
James, (/') Philip, and (g) George. 

(3) Abraham Hubbs, m. 1st, Jemima Clapp, and 2nd, Eus- 
tacia Leavens, nee Clapp ; set. Hillier. Issue : by 1st, (a) 
Margaret, (b) Cornelius, (c) Paul, (d) Jemima; and by 
2nd, (e) Berfjamin L. Hubbs, m. Amanda Cronk; set. 
Wellington. Issue: Everett L. (m. Alice Clapp; set. 
Hubbs Creek) ; Winnifred and another. (/') Robert. 
Hubbs, m. Sophia McFaul; set. Hillier. Issue: William 
II., m. Bertha DeLong; and Violet, in. Mr. Ferguson. 
(g) William C. Hubbs, m. Emma C. Pettit; set. \\Yllin--- 


ton. Issue: Harold W. Hubbs, m. Mary A. E. Harvey; 
set. Toronto. 

(4) Charles Hubbs, m. Eliza A. Bowerman; set. Hallowell. 
Issue: (a) Susan, (6) Phila, and (c) Lydia. 

(5) Pheobe Hubbs, m. Davis Borland; set. Hillier. No issue. 

(6) Margaret Hubbs, m. Daniel Miller; set. Hillier. Issue: 
(a) Ruth, (6) Phila A., (c) John, and (d) Pheobe J. 

(7) Jane Hubbs, m. Arnot Pettingell; set. Hillier. Issue: (a) 
Daniel M., (6) Charles, (c) Robert, (d) Mary J., and 
(e) Phila. 

(8) Lydia Hubbs, m. Cornelius Clapp; set^ Hillier. Issue: 
(a) Pheobe, (6) Margaret, and (c) Paul. 

(9) Susan Hubbs, m. 1st, Thomas MacDonald, and 2nd, Wil- 
liam Clinton; set. Wellington. Issue: by 1st, (a) Grim- 
mon, (6) Henry, (c) Cornelius; and by 2nd, (d) Pheobe 
J., (e) Charles, and (/) Estella. 


Solomon and Paul Huff, who emigrated to Canada and set- 
tled at Adolphustown at the close of the Revolutionary War, were 
the sons of William Huff, a Huguenot, who, in company with seven 
hundred others, left the shores of France when Louis XIV., in 
1685, revoked the famous Edict of Nantes, granting liberty of con- 
science to the Protestants. 

Besides the two Canadian pioneers, William Huff had other 
sons, John and Angus, who were born in the United States, and 
where they remained when Solomon and Paul came to Canada. 

As was the case with so many other families, the War of 
Independence was the cause of the dispersal of the Huffs. At the 
time the colonists threw off their allegiance to the Crown, Solomon 
Huff owned two hundred acres of land, on a portion of which has 
since been built the city of New York. While working on his farm 
he was one day visited by a party of the Continental troops, who 
demanded that he should join them. On his refusing to do so, the 
troopers drove off all his stock, with the exception of a span of 
horses, which were luckily out of the barn at the time. A short 
time afterward, and while Solomon was ploughing, the same or 
another party were seen coming to pay him a second visit. Not 
wishing to have any intercourse with them, and deeming it advis- 


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able to elude thorn by hiding, he made his escape into the woods 
he troopers arrived. When he learned they had gone, he 
; from his place of concealment, only to find they had taken 
his iu>r-' 

It \\.is the "breaking straw," for while Solomon had previ- 
heoii an inoffensive neutral, he at once joined the British 
vd throughout the war, being engaged in thirteen 
battles. When peace was declared, he returned to his home to find 
liis wife and family had been left unmolested during his absence. 
l\i- - (1 to take the oath of allegiance to the new government, 

and on declining to do so, had all his lands confiscated. He left 
for < 'anada, having procured, as one account narrates it, an old 
bald-faced horse which helped him to take his family and goods to 
Kingston. From there he proceeded to Adolphustown, where he 
first drew a lot on Hay Bay shore; but that being made a part of 
Fredericksburg additional, he gave it up and accepted a lot in 
the sc. -olid concession, so as to be in the Fourth Town, which was 
then of much value. 

Paul Huff also served throughout the Revolutionary strug- 
gle, accompanied his brother to Canada, and settled on Hay Bay. 
His name appears in the Canadian archives for 1791 as being one 

inse mustered out of the service on October 5, 1784; and in 

the list of pioneer owners of land in Adolphustown, as given in 

the books of the Crown Lands Department, it is recorded that 

Lieutenant Paul Huff was, on May 17, 1802, granted a patent for 

two hundred acre's, comprising lot 18. A leading and well-known 

farmer, he was a pioneer supporter of the Methodist Church in 

'anada. It was in his house that the first Methodist class 

in the province was formed in 1791, by William Lessee; on his 

farm the first Methodist Church was built in Upper Canada; and 

in his harn the first Quarter Sessions in the Midland District were 

held in the summer of 1794, the next sessions being held at Kings- 

I after that, in the Methodist church, at least until a Court 

;is built. 

Solomon Huff had nine children who attained maturity. His 
;-, Sarah, married first, Jacob Dulmage, and second. Royal 

iicks. Her daughter, Nancy Dulmage, married first, Abrain 

'.in", and second, John M. Canniff; and Ellen, the daughter 
of A brain and Nancy Dulmage Canniff, married Charles James. 

Their son, C. (-. -James, Deputy Minister of Agriculture for 


the Province of Ontario, was born at Napanee, June 14, 1863. Con- 
nected with many of the oldest and best families of the Bay of 
Quinte district, his natural taste for the history of the fathers 
and pioneers of Ontario has been cultivated by years of study and 
personal research, and he has collected a vast fund of interesting 
historical matter, which would worthily supplement and crown the 
work of his distinguished relative, Dr. Canniff. He has been 
instrumental, moreover, in having preserved in accessible and per- 
manent form the early records of Adolphustown. 

In January, 1886, he was appointed Professor of Chemistry at 
the Agricultural College, Guelph, and in June, 1891, became 
Deputy Minister of Agriculture. He married January 18, 1887, 
Frances L., daughter of James Crossen, of Cobourg. They have 
one son, Wilfred C. 

We have frequently cited as a high authority, the History of 
the Settlement of Upper Canada, by Dr. William Canniff. The 
Canniff s are descended from James Canniff, of Adolphustown, 
who died in 1851, aged eighty-six years, and their names will be 
found to occur repeatedly in the genealogies of the various fam- 
ilies included in this work, although at present there is no one of 
the name of Canniff residing in Adolphustown. 

Solomon Huff, who was born in 1751, died at Adolphustown 
in 1828. His wife, who was Eva Swade, was six years his junior. 
Paul Huff had a family of four sons and a daughter: Solomon, 
William, James, Charles and Elizabeth. Solomon married Sarah 
Alger, who came from New Brunswick, and settled on Huff's 
Island. William Huff married a daughter of the old pioneer Amy 
family. James Huff married Amy Garrison. Charles Huff died 
unmarried on Huff's Island; and his sister, Elizabeth, also died 
unmarried, but at Adolphustown. 

Solomon Huff, the eldest son of Paul, was born in the United 
States in 1768, and was sixteen years of age when he accompanied 
his father to Adolphustown. Here he married and reared a fam- 
ily. In 1800 or 1801, he moved to an island off the eastern shore 
of Ameliasburg, ever since known as Huff's Island. 

It is small wonder that the catastrophe which overtook the 
family when on their way to their new island home, should long 
be remembered by them. The journey was undertaken in winter, 
as the historian indicates, and, as another authority adds, the entire 
family, with their household goods and four barrels of pork, were 


-{ on n two-horse sleigh. They were midway across from the 
Shore when the ice gave way; and Solomon, although given 
-a use to be thankful for having succeeded i'n saving his 
nd his team, had the dire misfortune to lose all his house- 
hold it'erts and the four barrels of pork! They were helped in 
their rescue by James Morden. Elisha Huff was a small boy at the 
time and frequently recalled the incident. 

Solomon Huff was the first white man to cut a stick of wood 
on Huff's Island. He carried on an extensive lumbering business, 
at times employing as many as sixty men, all of whom were housed 
and fed on his premises. It is related how his wife, in order to 
provide for these hungry pioneer woodsmen, would, without any 
other help, and besides caring for her own family, mix and bake 
barrels of flour in a week. The island, which was heavily 
timbered and quite fertile, contained eighteen hundred acres. The 
Clergy Reserve Fund owned eleven hundred and fifteen. Peter 
Huff, a son of Solomon, bought two hundred acres bordering the 

gy Reserve land, which comprised the eastern half of the 
island. He gave a thousand dollars for the land, which he bought 
from a Kingston speculator called Forsythe; the deed is dated 

To return to the early history of the island. When the Huffs 
settled there (which must have been over a hundred years ago, 
si nee Peter, the youngest son, was but three months old at the 
time), it was occupied by about fifty Mississaga families, whose 
chief was Jim Chippigaw. Its white pioneer lived to be seventy- 
four years old, and then lost his life, March 21, 1842, through 
ig capsized while crossing in a skiff from Belleville. His sons, 
James and Abraham, assumed charge of his business; and another 
-on, Elisha, worked a place on the High Shore, on shares, but 

'ually settled on the farm adjoining the old Pearsoll place in 
llallowell. Elisha Huff served in the Rebellion of 1837, and 

hed from Belleville to York, where he did duty. 

Peter Huff, the eighth in the family of the pioneer, Solomon 
Huff of Adolphustown, served on the British side during the War 
of 1812. His principal duty during that campaign, was to assist 
in the defence of Kingston and the frontier territory adjacent. 
Solomon and Nathan, his sons, served in the Rebellion of 1S:J7 
Nathan being captain of a company from South Maryshurg. 


Henry, another son, remained behind, and served with his company 
at Picton during this time. 

John Stanley Huff, K.C., son of John Huff, and great-grand- 
son of the pioneer above mentioned, for the past twenty-two years 
has been a leading barrister in the City of Winnipeg, and practices 
under the name of Huff & Campbell; his partner at one time 
represented Winnipeg in the Local Legislature' 

Peter, the eighth child, owns the homestead on lot 27, 1st 
concession, south side of East Lake, consisting of about one hun- 
dred and sixty acres; and, though living in Picton for the past 
ten years, still takes an active interest in his farming pursuits. 
While residing in Athol he was for five years fishery overseer, and 
for a period, lighthouse keeper; and since 1870 has been a Justice 
of the Peace. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Solomon Huff, the youngest son of 
Solomon Huff of Adolphustown, married Rev. A. D. Miller. He 
was descended from one of the exiles, who came from the German 
Palatine to Ireland. 

The descendants of these pious and industrious people ulti- 
mately became followers of John Wesley, and Rev. A. D. Miller, 
is a Methodist minister, now in his eighty-first year and superan- 
nuated since 1890. He was formerly stationed on the Picton 
circuit. Mr. Miller is a grandson of Garret Miller, the intrepid 
loyalist who finally settled in Lennox County. 

Jane Huff, the daughter of Solomon Huff of Huff's Island, 
married John Thompson ; he had been born in Ireland, and as a 
young child witnessed the atrocities of 1798. The Thompsons 
were loyalists and lived in a part of the country where the rebels 
were for some time in the ascendant, and witnessed many deeds 
of great cruelty; the women and children being compelled to 
hide for days at a time to avoid mistreatment or death. They 
emigrated to Prince Edward County and settled in Ameliasburg. 
John Thompson followed his father's trade of blacksmithing, and 
being frugal and industrious, was able, with the assistance of his 
sons, to buy a fine home and farm, afterwards occupied by his 
son, David, now deceased. 

The old pioneer died in 1884, aged eighty years; his wife 
survived him for three years and died at the age of eighty-two 

Their son, David Thompson, Esq., married a daughter of 


\\Yrden nnd niece of Lieut.Col. Hazelton. Charles G. 

Thompson married Martha A. Bell; he is a member of the Board 

!c,-iltli and of the School Board, and is a prominent Forester. 

II- is ;i zealous member of the Methodist Church, and a class 

In politics he is a Liberal. Mr. Thompson owns a fine 

hundred and eighty acres, now in charge of his two 

(Irani and Arthur. 

lames Huff, a brother of Solomon Huff of Huff's Island, was 
born in New York State. In his old family Bible, and written in 

\vu hand, will be found an entry which states that James Huff 

horn at Fishkill, Dutchess County, United States of America, 
on the 27th of January, 1774, and that he married his wife, Amy 
'i son, on the 2nd of January, 1796. This Amy Garrison was 
a daughter of Marvell Garrison, the pioneer of that family, a 
grandson of whom, William Garrison, at present is living retired 
in Pit-ton; another grandson, Lewis Garrison, is one of the 
wealthiest farmers in Athol. 

It is known that at the time when Paul's son, Solomon Huff, 
emigrated from Adolphustown to the island adjacent to Amelias- 
burg, which has since been known as Huff's Island, James Huff 
settled on the High Shore in the vicinity of Crofton. Here he 
took up some land, but it does not appear that he made farming 
a first consideration, as during the greater portion of his active 
and industrious career he was engaged in the woods, taking out 
rrdar, square timber, and at times making barrel staves, for which 
he found a steady demand and a profitable market. Subsequently 
he removed to the Indian woods, no doubt to find greater expanse 

his increasing business in timber and the manufacture of 
barrel material. He took up a tract of land, on part of which 
is built the present town of Deseronto. 

During the times James Huff was in the Indian woods he 

iod consumption, no doubt induced by the arduous nature 

lie work in which he was constantly engaged, and the incessant 

to all weathers, that such a life in the forest entailed. 

He was brought by his son James to the home of the latter on the 

5th concession, where he soon after died. His wife survived him 

;t sixteen years, dying also, at her son James' home, in the 
1856. They were a fine old pioneer couple and were noted 
For their industry, neighborly kindness, simplicity of manner, and 
onerous hospitality. 


James B. Huff, the fifth child of James Huff, settled on the 
old place first taken up by his father on the High Shore. It 
would appear that when he did so there was no dwelling, as he 
built his own shanty, and when he married he had little capital 
except his native health and strength. He made his own kitchen 
utensils, even to the knives and forks; manufacturing the latter 
of hard wood. Not long after his marriage his primitive cabin 
was destroyed by a bush fire, and everything was burned except 
his rifle. 

Like his father he was very hardworking and followed much 
the same sort of work, namely, lumbering, getting out square 
timber, and manufacturing staves. After years of unremitting 
toil he developed symptoms of consumption; and to change his 
mode of living went to the Carrying Place, and there kept hotel 
for upwards of two years. Thence he removed to the old Gerow 
place at the Gerow Gore in Hallowell, which he had partly pur- 
chased and partly exchanged for his land on the High Shore, near 
Crofton. His brother, Jonas, had been settled at the Gerow Gore 
before he died and had built a small house on his land. Both 
of these James purchased, and to the former he added additions 
sufficient for the requirements of a hotel, which he shortly opened 
and kept upwards of eighteen years ; part of this old time hostelry 
is still standing. He died in 1888, and his wife in 1893. They 
are both buried in the old Valleau cemetery. All of his family, 
sons and daughters, are still living. 

The Huffs are substantial and honest people, good neighbors 
and good citizens. As a rule they belong to the Methodist Church, 
and in political affairs they adhere to the Conservative party. 
James E. Huff, son of James B. Huff, and grandson of the pioneer, 
is a farmer, and also a merchant. He married Miss May Morris, 
whose father came from England to Prince Edward County 
about 1850. 



I. Jane Huff, m. Henry Hoover; set. Adolphustown. Issue: 
(1) Betsey, (2) Samuel, (3) Mary, (4) Eva, (5) Margaret, 
(6) Jane, (7) Henry, and (8) Millicent. 

II. Elizabeth Huff, m. William Wright; set.. Fredericksburg. 


-ir: (1) Jane, (2) Solomon, (3) William, (4) Paul. 

beti 6 Sarah, and (7) Eva. 

I] I M Huff, in. Maria. Cole; set. Camden. Issue: (1) Rich- 

Hannah, (3) Eva, and (4) Mary. 

1\ fttherine Huff, m. Abraham Maybee; set. Murray. Issue: 
.lemon, (2) Sarah, (3) Peter, (4) Abraham, (5) Wil- 
liam, and (6) Mary. 

V. Huff, m. 1st, Jacob Dulmage, and 2nd, Royal C. Hicks; 
Marysburg. Issue: by 1st, (1) Nancy, (2) David, (3) 

Elizabeth, (4) Mary, (5) Jane, (6) Eva, (7) Sarah, (8) 
Lydia, (fl) Solomon, (10) Jonathan, arid (11) Peter. 

VI. Kit-hard Huff, m. Sophia Snider; set. N. Marysburg. Issue: 

Mary, (2) Eva, and (3) Jane. 

VII. Mary Huff, m. Henry Van Dusen ; set. South Marysburg. 
Lame: (1) David, (2) Jacob H., and (3) Mary H. 

VIII. IVttM- Huff, m. Annie Hale; set. South Marysburg. Issue: 
(1) Nathan, (2) Solomon, (3) William H., (4) Jane, (5) 
.John, (6) James N., (7) Anna, (8) Peter, and (9) Royal J. 

IX. Salomon Huff, m. Charlotte Lobdell; set. Adolphustown. 
Issue: (1) Jane A., (2) Mary V., (3) Eustatia, (4) Samuel, 
(5) Henry V., (6) Elizabeth, (7) Peter, (8) Sarah E., and 
(9) Rachael M. The father d. 1872, aged seventy-six years. 


\'I. The Richard Huff Branch: 

(I) Mary Huff, m. Joseph Burley; set. North Marysburg. 

Eva Huff, on. John Carr ; set. North Marysburg. 
(3) Jane Huff, m. John Wiley; set. North Marysburg. Issue: 

(a) William A., m. Emily J. Pearsall; set. Toronto. 

(Issue: Lena J.). (6) Byron M., m. Isabella Griffin; 

set. Sault Ste. Marie. (Issue: Roy, Ernest and Eva). 

(c) Emma S. J., m. William J. Sloan; set. Buffalo, 

N. Y. (Issue Frank, Walter, William, Edward and two 

sous, d. y.) (d) John A., m. Jessie Thompson; set. 

Buffalo. No issue. 
VIII. The Peter Huff Branch: 

(1) Nathan Huff, m. Mary Dyre; set. Brighton. Issue: (a) 
Phoebe A., (6) Sarah E., (c) William II., (d) Lucy J., 
(c) David, (/) Isabella, (g) Palina, (h) John, and (i) 
Caroline. (Isabella, Caroline, and Lucy J., are 

(2) Solomon Huff, d. mini.: ai^vd 22 years. 


(3) AMlliam H. Huff, m. Lucinda Cooper; set. Brighton 
township. Issue: (a) Sanger, (b) Nathan, (c) Nancy 
A., (d) James, (e) George, (/) Parthena, (g) Thomas, 
(h) Henry, and (i) Fanny, d. in childhood. 

(4) Jane Huff, m. Benjamin Badgly; set. Hillier. Issue: (a) 
John H., (b) Annie, and (c) Frances, d. y. 

(5) John Huff, m. Mary A. Ferguson; set. finally Picton. 
Issue: (a) Charles B., (b) Henrietta A., (c) John S., 
(d) Margaret J., and (e) George L. 

(6) James N. Huff, m. Zilpha Smith; set. Athol. Issue, (a) 
Hosea, (b) Delila, (c) Phoebe J., (d) Anna M., (e) 
Frank, and (/) May. 

(7) Anna Huff, d. in childhood. 

(8) Peter Huff, m. Anthelia Ogden; set. Picton. Issue: (a) 
Bertha J., m. Obadiah A. C. Hubbs; set. Picton. (Issue: 
Ralph P) ; and (b) Anna M., (deceased), m. Walter 
Van Blaricom; set. Picton. (Issue: Vera, deceased.) 

(9) Royal J. Huff, m. Charlotte Gerow; set. California. 
Issue: (a) Walter, (b) Peter N., (c) John S., and (d) 
Hester, d. in childhood. 

See IX. Ike Solomon Huff Branch: 

(1) Jane A. Huff, m. Rev. Francis Coleman; set. Hamilton. 
No issue. 

(2) Mary Huff, m. Rev. John Corbett; set. Picton. No issue. 

(3) Eustatia Huff, d. in childhood. 

(4) Elizabeth Huff, m. Rev. A. D. Miller; set. Picton. No 

(5) Sarah Huff, m. Dr. R. B. Clark; set. Napanee. Issue: 
(a) Luella M., and (b) Frances H. ; set. Vancouver, B.C. 

(6) Kachael M. Huff, unm. 

(7) Samuel Huff, m. Eliza Sills; set. North Marysburg. No 

(8) Henry V. Huff, d. unm.; and (9) Peter Huff, d. y. 



I. Paul Huff, m. Jane Wright; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) Solo- 
mon, (2) Abram, (3) Daniel, (4) Dennis, (5) Paul, (6) 


wla, and (7) Sarah. The father d. 1879, aged 83 years; 

;her d. 1868. 

II. Kli^ha Huff, m. Catherine Donohue; set Hallowell. Issue: 
William, (2) Margaret M., (3) Elizabeth G., (4) Johanna 
Sarah J., (6) Cynthia, (7) James I., (8) Catherine 
' Lneinda, (10) Elisha A., and (11) Lysander F. 
Ill Huff, m. 1st, Jane A. Mason, and 2nd, Charlotte C. 

Dusen; set. Huff's Island. Issue: by 1st, (1) Mary A., 
Minerva, (3) Daniel, (4) Sarah, (5) Margaret; and by 
I, (C) Fanny M., (7) Augustus S., (8) Angeline, (9) 
Sophronia C., (10) James F., and (11) Elizabeth R. G. 

IV. James Huff, m. 1st, Mary Thompson; set. Huff's Island. 

e: by 1st, (1) Eliza, (2) Lewis, and (3) Lucinda. 

V. Elizabeth Huff, m. David Gibson; set. Ameliasburg. No issue. 

VI. Jane Huff, m. John Thompson; set. Picton. Issue: (1) 
Philip, (2) William H., (3) Martha, (4) Emma, (5) David, 
(6) Charles, and (7) Mahala. 

VII. Eunice Huff, m. Sylvanus Sprague; set. Ameliasburg. Issue: 
(1) John, (2) Elijah A., (3) Philana, (4) Elizabeth J., (5) 
Drusilla, (6) Lawrence, (7) George, and (8) Sarah. 

VIII. Margaret Huff, m. Cornelius I. Gould; set. Belleville. Issue: 
(1) Eurastus, (2) Mercy N., (3) Elizabeth A., (4) Demetria, 
and (5) William. 

IX. Liii-L-etia Huff, m. Oliver Pearsall; set. Hallowell. Issue: (1) 

(2) Hannah, (3) Phila, (4) Smith, (5) Sidney, (6) 
Firman, (7) Philip, and (8) Matilda. 

X ' fcer Huff, m. Julia Langton; set. Huff's Island. Issue: (1) 

(2) Louisa, (3) Albert, (4) Alger, (5) Emma, (6) 

(7) William, (8) Franklin, and (9) Wallace. The 

I 1867, aged 65 yrs. ; the mother d. 1879, aged about 


' ! The Elisha Huff Branch: 

William Huff, d. y. 

Margaret M. Huff, m. Francis Lander: set. Ameliasburir. 

K;i/abeth G. Huff, unm. ; set. Hallowell. 

.J'.hanua L. Huff, m. Rev. William Hewitt. 

rah J. Huff, in. Wellington Way; set. Ameliaslmri:. 
o issue. 
(6) CHnthia Huff, d. y. 



(7) James I. Huff, m. Effie Blanchard; set. Renville, Minn. 

(8) Catherine L. Huff, m. William H. Redner; set. Redner- 

(9) Lucinda Huff, d. y. 

(10) Elisha A. Huff, m. Elma Huyck; set. Hallowell. 

(11) Lysander F. Huff, m. Mabel Farley; set. Oklahama. 
See IV. The James Huff Branch: 

(1) Eliza Huff, m. Peter Williams; set. Big Island. 

(2) Lewis Huff, m. Grace Edis; set. Kent County. 

(3) Lucinda Huff, m. William Griffin; set. finally United 

See VI. r lhe Jane Huff Branch: 

(1) Philip Thompson, d. unm. 

(2) William H. Thompson, m. 1st, Mary J. Arnold, and 2nd, 
Adelia M. Jocelyn; set. Detroit. Issue: by 1st, (a) Emma 
J., and by 2nd, (&) Alice, (c) Nettie, (d) Edith, and (e) 

(3) Martha Thompson, m. Rev. George Carr, Demorestville 
circuit. Issue: (a) Ella, (6) Emma, and (c) William. 

(4) Emma Thompson, d. unm. 

(5) David Thompson, m. Mary Werden; set. Hallowell. 
Issue: (a) Philip, and (&) John. 

(6) Charles Thompson, m. Mattie Bell; set. Sophiasburgh. 
Issue: (a) Gertrude, m. Edward Calvin; set. Hillier. 
(Issue: Lindley, Edith, and Marjery.) (&) Grant, m. 
Edith J. Werden; set. old homestead, (c) Arthur, (d) 
Howard, and (e) Mildred, unm. at home. 

(7) Mahala Thompson, m. Nelson Wilson; set. North Water- 
town, N.Y. Issue: (a) David, (6) Jean, (c) Fred, and 
(d) Mattie. 

See X. The Peter Huff Branch: 

(1) Gilbert Huff, m. Mary Garaghan; set. Ameliasburg. 

(2) Louisa Huff, m. John Richards; set. Ameliasburg. 

(3) Albert Huff, m. Alice 0. Mercer; set. Ameliasburg. 

(4) AJger Huff, m. Angeline Kingsley; set. Ameliasburg. 

(5) Emma Huff, m. Benjamin Rothwell; set. Kent County. 

(6) Robert Huff, m. Almira Fralick; set. finally Topeka, 

(7) William Huff, m. and set. Chatham. 

(8) P. Franklin Huff, d. y. 

(9) Wallace Huff, m. and set. Grand Forks, Dakota. 


I. Fauny Huff, b. 1797; d. 1846; m. William Brown; set. lli.irh 

Shore, near old homestead. 

II k Huff, b. 1800; m. Hezekiah Gardiner. 

III. Eliza Huff, d. in inf. 

IV B. Huff, m. Lucy Doolittle. Issue: (1) Almira, (2) 

u>ster, (3) Lydia, (4) Hannah, (5) Smith, (6) Mary, (7) 
-lames Edward, and (8) Lucy E. 

V. -v Huff, d. unm. 

VI. Prudence Huff, m. Stephen Gerow; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
(1) Lucinda, (2) Mary, (3) Julian, and (4) Henry. 

VII. Jonas B. Huff, d. unm. 

VIII. Hezekiah Huff, m. Almira Smith, nee Clark; set. Hallowell. 

ue: (1) Lucinda, and twins, d. in inf. 

! V. The James B. Huff Branch: 

(1) Almira Huff, m. Jesse Valleau. Issue: (a) Angeline, (&) 
Manly, (c) Lucy, (d)' Peter William, (e) Lydia Jane, 
(/) Cornelius, (g) James, and (h) Irene. 

(2) Sylvester Huff, m. Kachael Clark. Issue: (a) Robert J., 
(I) Jane, (c) Lucy, and (d) John Albert. 

(3) Lydia Huff, m. Samuel T. Leavens. Issue: (a) Wil- 
liam B. 

(4) Hannah Huff, m. Cornelius Harkins. Issue: (a) Amar- 
iJla, (6) John, (c) Ann, and (d) Sylvester. 

(5) Smith Huff, m. Lydia Jane Leavens. Issue: (a) Inez, 
(&) Edith, (c) Henry, (d) Belle, and (e) Sarah Jane. 

(6) Msry Huff, m. Conrad Clarke. Issue: (a) Amanda, (6) 
Lydia, (c) Smith Emery, (d) Henry, (e) John R., (/) 

ied, and (g) Delia. 

(7) James Edward Huff, m. Mary Morris. Issue: (a) Walter 

m. 1st, Nellie Adams, and 2nd, Bertha O'Brien. 
(Issue: by 1st, Henry Vera, Aileen, James and Fred- 
erick Sherman). (&) Ida Maud, m. Herbert Brooks. 
(Issue: Kenneth, Ada and Cynthia), (c) Cynthia Emily, 
m. Benjamin Leavens; and (d) Morris, m. Florence 

(8) Lucy E. Huff, m. James II. Clarke. Issue: (a) Effie, (b) 
Henry A., and (c) Laura C, 


The Hicks family is of Welsh descent. John Hicks, the pion- 
eer of the family in America, came from Wales and settled near 
Long Island. We next find Edward, the son of John Hicks, in 
Philadelphia, with his four sons, Edward, Benjamin, Joseph and 
Joshua. ID 1776 they had become possessed of considerable prop- 
erty in the Quaker City, which they seem to have left in charge 
of Benjamin, who does not appear to have taken any active part 
on the outbreak of the Revolution. The father, however, and his 
three sons, Edward, Joseph and Joshua, were wellto the front. 
They belonged to Butler's Rangers, a corps composed of loyal 
Americans, which, together with the Queen's Rangers, carried 
themselves bravely throughout the war. Details are lacking in 
the case of the father and his two sons, Joseph and Joshua, but 
this lack 01 information concerning them is strikingly set off by the 
notable part which Edward, the eldest son, was destined to per- 
form. The part for which he was selected was one which required 
rare qualities in the performer; qualities of which, no doubt, he 
had already given proof, otherwise he would not have been 
selected from so many volunteers equally willing, perhaps, to 
hazard their lives, but not equally able to bring their mission to a 
successful conclusion. 

In 1778 he was sent to Boston by the British as a spy. He 
was suspected by the Americans and taken prisoner. He first told 
a story to the authorities about being in search of his mother and 
getting lo^t, but this tale was not accepted. Edward was of rather 
remarkable appearance; his build showed great physical strength; 
he was tali standing six feet high and of rather martial appear- 
ance; not at all the kind of man to be found looking round for 
his mother when war was afoot ! He was tried, and failing to give 
any better account of himself, was sentenced to be hanged. Of 
course, he planned to escape. He became very sick, or pretended 
to be, and was granted permission to walk in the prison precincts 
in the ever, ing but always in company with a guard and hand- 
cuffed. Suddenly he threw up his hands and dealt the guard a 
mighty blow which felled him to the ground; then he made for a- 
stream which debouched on a mill-dam and had, at its lower 
extremity, a weir. Behind the fall of water he esconced himself 
and awaitec 1 events ; employing himself, the while, in getting rid of 

North Marysburg 


: Miff's. Here his great strength availed him. (letting the 

inconvenient bracelets between two stones. IK- snapped 

use of freedom was enlarged. He could hear 

, ery of his pursurers as they searched every likely 

iilikely place save one. Wet to the skin, benuml>e<l 

a I hunger, lie remained behind the friendly waterfall 

until the following night thirty-six hours in all when lie ven- 

i ;:nd made for the woods, after appropriating, to his own 

i, ;< rinr chicken, on the raw flesh of which he lived for 

During this time he was never out of danger; once 

Imost caught by horsemen who pursued him. Preferring 

i to bting taken alive he jumped from a bluff seventy feet 

and had it not been for a bush that broke his fall, he had 

' lived to tell the tale. As it was he merely had a ducking 

nother friendly stream water seems to have been an element 

friendly to Edward and his pursurers thinking him killed, left 

him to hL* fate. But his fate was to reach the goal at which he 

aimed, viz., British territory; and no hunted slave ever reached 

tin 1 soil of Canada with gladder heart than did Edward Hicks 

when he first set foot on British soil. Giving time for the episode 

of his escape to be forgotten, he set out to join the British army, 

and rejoined his own corps. Curiously enough the pioneer's soldier 

guard af. Boston, whom he felt obliged to dismiss in somewhat 

ruthless fashion, was an American named Lewis, who subsequently 

e to live with his son, Thaddeus Lewis, a Methodist Episcopal 

minister, of Prince Edward County. 

Edward Hicks settled in North Marysburg, where he died, 

rvu sons, Edward and John. The former married first, 

etia Miller, a granddaughter of Lieut. -Col. Henry Young, and 

:id, a widow with a family. He died in Demorestville. John 

larried into the Hineman family. Benjamin, the brother 

i \\( hear least, had also two sons, Daniel and Benjamin, 

former of whom married Mary Miller, a sister of Lucretia. 

iiieks married Elizabeth Harrison. When the clearing 

mad-- where they settled in North Marysburg a tree was left 

ig, under which Joshua's grandchildren used to play in 

r years, and beneath which their grandmother once spent a 

d night when she got bewildered and lost in the forest. 

Their descendants am traced in the genealogical table annexed. 

Joshua, the youngest brother of the pioneer family, was twice 


married arid settled in South Marysburg. The genealogy of this 
branch is likewise appended. 

Many member of this old family still live in Prince Edward 
County and contribute to its best citizenship ; others are found in 
the larger cities and also in the United States. 

Captain Calvin Hicks is a member of the family well worthy 
of mention ; for years he was a successful navigator upon the 
Upper and Lower Lakes, being master and mate for more than 
twenty years. He has had remarkably good fortune in never los- 
ing a ship under his command or any of his crew ; yet he has more 
than once experienced shipwreck and very serious danger. He 
was beached along Lake Erie during a fortnight of severe weather, 
and was driven to shore with considerable damage on Lake Ontario 
near the mouth of the River Niagara. He was mate of the "Queen 
of the Lakes," when, after a hard struggle with wind and wave, 
the vessel sank near Brighton ; but he got his crew into boats and 
brought them safely to land. 

Mr. Alex. Hicks, son of Nathan Hicks, and grand-nephew of 
Edward Hicks, the spy, is now in his seventy-first year, and is as 
hale and alert on the questions of the day as though fifty years 
younger. Although he recalls the time when there were no roads 
in North Marysburg, he has not forgotten any event of the inter- 
vening tune. 

A student of nature, Mr. Hicks spends much of his time in 
the care and culture of bees, and when not so engaged, he is at work 
in his library, being able to read without the aid of glasses. All 
disputed points in history, geography or science are referred to 
Mr. Hicks, and the neighborhood abides by his decision. 

Collingwood Hicks married Martha Stark, of the pioneer 
Stark family, and resides in South Marysburg, where he is well 
known, like his father before him, as a breeder of fine horses. His 
three sons are all prosperous farmers; Jacob lives in Hallowell, 
while Nelson and Archie reside on the old homestead originally 
settled upon by their grandfather, David Hicks. 

David Hicks many years ago purchased and cleared two hun- 
dred acres of land now owned and occupied by his son, Nathan 
Hicks. He was a man of influence in the community but never 
cared to 1-eld any public office, and died in 1871. Nathan Hicks is 
noted for his fine stock of thoroughbred horses and, although a 
leading citizen, has followed his father's example in declining any 


municipal honors; but his two sons, Irvine and Levi, have ea<-li 
K ive.d in the Council. 

in Stanley Hicks, son of Lewis Hicks, of Milford, and 
>n of Joseph Hicks, who settled in North Marysbnrir 
the American Revolution, was educated in the pub I'M 
'.1:1 ford, and the high schools of Picton and Belleville 
Toronto Normal School. Mr. Hicks had charge of the 
i the Front of Sidney from August, 1882, until June, 1905. 
lolhodist; a member of Mizpah Lodge, No. 127, I. 0. 0. F., 
ville, and a Mason. He has been identified with Sunday 
i>rk all his life, being superintendent of the school at Wes- 
'liurch for eighteen years, and has held the position of presi- 
dent of the township of Sidney and also of the South Hastings 
ity Sunday School Association. He has been record steward 
of Hayside circuit since November, 1893, and prides himself on 
r having missed a meeting of the Official Board during that 

On July 7, 1881, he married Mary E., daughter of Philip 
I! 1 yendinaga, and has one daughter, Ethel, who is a grad- 
<>f Ottawa Normal School, and one son, Ealph S. 


I. Edward Hicks (the Spy), was twice married; set. and died 

in North Marysburg. Issue: (1) Edward Hicks, m. 1st, 

Lucretia Miller, and 2nd, Mrs. Merill, nee Taylor; set. Dem- 

orestville. Issue: by 1st, (a) Mahala, (6) Nancy, (c) 
iri, (d) Sarah E., and (e) Wallace. (2) John Hicks, m. 

Hannah Hineman; set. Mulmur, Dufferin County. Issue: (a) 

K'ehecca, (&) Joseph, (c) Emma, and (d) ano., d. in inf. 
II Benjamin Hicks, twice married; set. South Marysburg. Issue: 

(1) Daniel Hicks, m. Mary Miller, a granddaughter of Lieut.- 
llcnry Young; set. north of Brighton. Issue: (a) Sarah, 

(b) M'ahala, (c) Dorcas, (d) John, and (e) Lucinda. (2) 

ijiniin Hicks, m. and set. near Brighton. 
III. .Joseph 1 licks, m. Elizabeth Harrison; set. North Marysbnru. 

lie died in 1815, aged 48 yrs. 

-loshiia Hicks, was twice m. and set. South Marysbunr. 



I. William Hicks, m. Nancy Minaker; set. South Marysburgh. 
Issue: (1) Elizabeth, (2) Lewis M., (3) Ellen, (4) Phoebe A., 

(5) Orin, (6) William H., and (7) Mary J. The father d. 
1843, aged 46 yrs. ; the mother 1886, aged 86 yrs. 

II. Joseph Hicks, m. Mary Minaker ; set. North Marysburg. Issue : 

(1) Elsie, (2) Peter, (3) George, (4) Alva, (5) Sylvester, (6) 
Lydia, (7) Mary A., (8) Calvin, and (9) Alfred. The father 
d. 1875, aged 78 yrs. 

III. David Hicks, m. Hannah Minaker; set. South Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Lydia, (2) Etta A., (3) Nathan, (4) Mahala, (5) 
Collingwood, (6) Elizabeth, (7) Byron, and (8) Patience. 

IV. Nathan Hicks, m. Mary McDonnell; set. North Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) Sarah, (2) Parker, and (3) Alexander. 

V. Matthew Hicks, m. Elizabeth Dulmage ; set. South Marysburg. 

Issue: (1) Mary, (2) Elsie, (3) Jonathan, (4) Ann, (5) Lydia 
J., (6) Jacob, (7) William, (8) Joseph, (9) John M., and 
(10) Jane. 

VI. Edward Hicks, m. Lizette Minaker; set. Durham. Issue: (1) 
Isaiah, (2) Henry, (3) Matilda, (4) Margaret, (5) David, 

(6) John, and (7) Richard. 

VII. Annie Hicks, m. David Hill; set. North Marysburg. Issue: 
(1) Margaret, (2) Odman, (3) Joseph, (4) Martha, and 
(5) FJsie. The father and mother both dead; family living 
near Oakville. 

VIII. Elsie Hicks, m. Peter Collier; set. South Marysburg. No 

See I. The William Hicks Branch: 

(1) Elizabeth Hicks, m. David Cannon; set. South Marys- 

(2) Lewis M. Hicks, m. Eliza C. Emprey; set. South Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) Nancy M,. (&) William T., (c) Emma, 
(d) Orin S., (e) Finley, (/) Walter, (g) Harvey E., 
(h) Lewis E., and (*) Addie E. 

(3) Ellen Hicks, m. Joseph Hicks; set. South Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Andrew. 

(4) William H. Hicks, m. Susan McQuoid; set. North Marys- 

Sou tli Marysburg 


burg. Issue: (a) Osborne, (b) Wilber, (c) Amelia, (d) 

A., and (c) Annie. 
Phoebe A. Hicks, m. Thomas Love; set. Picton. 

:,t-y -I. I licks, m. Andrew Minaker; set. South Mnrys- 
hurg. Issue: (a) Emma, (b) Annie, (c) Sarah, (d) Wil- 
liam, and (e) Andrew. 

(hiii Ilicks, m. Jane Martin; 'set. South Marysburir. 
Is,sue: (a) Leslie, and (b) Ross. 

Joseph Hicks Branch: 

Elsie Hicks, m. Josiah Lacey ; set. United States. 
ivter Hicks, m. 1st, Martha Hill, and 2nd, Susan Rich- 
ardson; set. North Marysburg. Issue: (a) Peter, (b) 
Amos, (c) Catherine, (d) Mary, and (e) Joseph. 
<i<orge Hicks, m. Margaret Smiley; set. South Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) Wilson, and (b) Eliphalet. 
Joseph Hicks, m. Ellen Hicks; set. South Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Andrew. 
Silvester Hicks, unm. 

(6) Lydia Hicks, m. Charles Lacey; set. United States. Issue: 
(a) Carrie, and (b) Leon. 

(7) Alva Hicks, m. Maria Hudgin; set. North Marysburg. 
Istue: (a) Charles, m. Addie Love; set. North Marys- 
burg. (Issue: Alva, Malcolm, Harold, and Nathan.) (b) 
May, (c) Bertha, and (d) Hugh. 

(8) Mary A. Hicks, m. Thomas Ovens; set. North Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) Melissa, (b) Emma, and (c) William. 

(9) Calvin Hicks, m. 1st, Maggie Pier, and 2nd, Sophrona 
Burton; set. Toronto. Issue: (a) Eva, and (b) Mar- 

^li'red Hicks, m. Adelia Hicks; set. Hallo well. Issue: 
(a) George M., and (b) Clarence. 
III. The David Hicks Branch: 

(1) Lydia Hicks, m. Marshall Palen; set. South Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Peter, (b) Frances, (c) William, and (d) 

(2) Etta A. Hicks. 

Nathan Hicks, m. Margaret Mclntosh; set. South Marys- 
1'iiig. Issue: (a) Mahala, d. y., (b) Irvine, in. Kd. Loiiey; 
bet, South Marysburg. No issue, (c) Levi, m. Al/in;i 
Dulmage; set. South Marysburg. (Issue : Kvrlyn) ; and 


(d) Bertha, m. Thomas Whattam; set. Athol. (Issue: 
Jessie, Ivy, Harry, and Gordon. 

(4) Mahala Hicks. 

(5) Collingwood Hicks, m. lantha Starks; set. South Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) Jacob Hicks, m. Elizabeth Spafford; 
set. Hallowell. (Issue: Earl, Ivis, and Onetta.) (6) 
Nelson Hicks, m. Myrtle Spafford ; set. South Marysburg. 
(Issue: Lloyd L.) (c) Archibald Hicks, unm. ; set. home- 
stead, (d) Mary A. Hicks, d. unm. (e) Ida Hicks, m. 
Daniel Palamatier; set. West Lake. (Issue: Stirling, and 
Hugh.) (/) Annie M. Hicks, m. Nelson Ostrander. (g) 
Mary E. Hicks, m. Emmett Wood; set. South Marysburg. 
(Issue: Redley.) 

(6) Elizabeth Hicks, m. David Thomas; set. South Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) David, (&) William, (c) Nathan, (d) 
Jessie, (e) Solomon, (/) Theresa, and (g) Patience. 

(7) Byron Hicks, unm. 

(8) Patience Hicks, m. Daniel Mclntosh; set. South Marys- 
burg. Issue : (a) Isadore. 

See IV. The Nathan Hicks Branch: 

(1) Sarah Hicks, m. William Porte; set. Picton. Issue: (a) 
James, (6) Thomas, (c) Annie, and (d) Nellie. 

(2) Parker Hicks, m. 1st, Margaret Palen, and 2nd, Addie 
Valleau; set. Picton. Issue: (a) Eugene, (6) Morley, 
and (c) Berny. 

(3) Alexander Hicks, m. Susan Bongard; set. North Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) Fannie, m. Levi Pierce. (6) Emma, m. 
1st, Calvin Minaker, and 2nd, William W. Wilson. (Issue : 
by 1st, Ethel and Garfield.) (c) Byron, m. May Wads- 
WGrth.- M (d) James D., (e) Mary, m. Thomas Waldron; 
(/) Nathan, m. Ada Lumley; and (g) Sarah, m. John 0. 
Carson. (Issue: one.) 

See V. The Matthew Hicks Branch: 

(1) Mary Hicks, m. Henry Harrison; set. North Marysburg. 

(2) EJsie Hicks, m. Thomas Farrington; set. South Marys- 

(3) Jonathan Hicks, unm.; d. in South Marysburg. 

, (4) Ann Hicks, m. Mr. Cook; set. near Bloomfield. 

(5) Lydia J. Hicks, m. Robert Brown; set. South Marysburg. 

(6) Jacob Hicks. 


William Hicks, m. 1st, Miss Mouck, and 2nd, Mary Rut- 
t;in; set. Napanee. 

ph I licks, m. Margaret Seers; set. Athol. 
.John M. Hicks, in. Charlotte Hudgin ; set. South Marys- 
bm Hicks, m. Edward Thibault; set. Picton. Issue: (a) 



I. .M;iry Hicks, d. y. 

II. Joshua Hicks, d. y. 

Ill John G. Hicks, m. Harriet Maston ; set. South Marysburg. 
ae: (1) John W., (2) Jemima, (3) Peter F., (4) Mary, (5) 
Jane, (6) John, and (7) Margaret. 

IV. Jacob Hicks, d. y. 

V. Elizabeth Hicks, m. 1st, David Hill, and 2nd, James Galla- 
gher; set. Hillier. Issue: by 1st, (1) Caroline, (2) Abbey; 

i by 2nd, (3) Joshua, (4) Ann, (5) Catherine, (6) Susan, 
and (7) David. 

VI. Phillip D. Hicks, m. Lydia Whiting; set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) 
Joshua. (2) Margaret, (3) Jacob W., (4) Philip D., (5) Caro- 
line, (6) Samuel W., (7) John W., (8) Alice M., and (9) 

VII. Mary C. Hicks, m. William Raynus; set. finally near Oshawa. 
Issue: (1) Philip, (2) Elizabeth, and (3) Rensselaer. 

VIII. James Hicks, m. Margaret Cannon; set. Elzevir. Issue: (1) 
< 'harles, (2) Annie, (3) John, (4) Lydia, (5) James, (6) Mar- 
garet, (7) William, and (8) Walter. 

Daniel Hicks, d. unm. ; set. Hastings County. 


VI. The Philip D. Hicks Branch: 

(1) Joshua Hicks, m. Sarah Davis; set. Thurlow. Issue: (a) 

Edward, (&) Helen, and (c) Frank. 

Margaret Hicks, m. Wiat Ketcheson; set. Huntingdon. 

Issue: (a) Philip, and (6) Samuel H. 
(3) Ji'cob W. Hicks, m. Elsie E. Reid; set. Belleville. Issue: 

v<0 Lillian F., (6) Cora II., (c) Olive K.. mid 

Jessie M. 


(4) Philip D. Hicks, m. and set. Leadville, Colorado. No 

(5) Caroline Hicks, m. 1st, William Chamberlain, and 2nd, 
Fred Ward. Issue: by 1st, (a) Bert; and by 2nd, (6) 
Fred, and (c) John. 

(6) Samuel W. Hicks, m. Julia Buchanan; set. Montreal. 
Issue: (a) Ruby, (~b) John, (c) Ernest, (d) Florence, 
(e)- Stanley, and (/) Bonnie. 

(7) John W. Hicks, m. Minnie E. Rowland; set. Plainfield. 
Issue: (a) Ethel M. Hicks, m. Jesse D. Reeves; set. 
Toronto. Issue: Eugene and Clarence, (h) William R. 
Hicks, m. Gertrude M. Pringle; set. Toronto, (c) Mabel 
W. Hicks, m. Thomas H. Townley; set. Toronto, (d) 
Grace D. Hicks, unm. 

(8) Alice M. Hicks, m. W. C. Austin; set. Peterboro. Issue: 
(a) Carrie, (6) Helen, (c) Frank, (d) Hazel, (e) Alfred, 
and (/) Hugh. 

(9) David Hicks, d. 1884. 


James Hughes was a native of England, who had resided for 
some years in America before the Revolution. He promptly sided 
with the mother country and remained loyal throughout the war. 
Naturally, after peace was declared, he came to Canada as one 
of the United Empire Loyalists and settled in Hungerford upon 
lands granted to him by the Crown. He lived here until his death, 
and ^bhese lands were inherited by his son, Joseph Hughes, who 
subsequently sold out to Mr. Bird, and removed to South Marys- 
burg, where many of his descendants are living to-day. 

The pioneer had married twice. By his first wife, who came 
with him from England, he had two sons, Cornelius and Abraham ; 
and by his second wife, who had been a Mrs. Lappin, he had three 
sons, to-wit, Joseph, James and Benjamin. Samuel David Hughes, 
son of Joseph Hughes and grandson of the pioneer, married 
Phoebe J. Hubbs, a great-granddaughter of Robert Hubbs. He 
was for three years in the Township Council of South Marysburg. 
Benjamin, another grandson, saw service in the militia cavalry in 
1837, but whether as an adherent of the Family Compact party 
for not all descendants of the United Empire Loyalists sided 
against Mackenzie is not known. 


North Maryslmrg 


D of .James Hughes and ^randson of the pioneer, 
horn in 1884 at the old homestead in North Marysburg, where 
ilwaya lived. He has been a member of the council for 
otd has served as Reeve and Deputy Reeve. For fourteen 
ast lie has been president of the Conservative Association. 
He ing on a fruit business, including a finely equipped 

tor, erected upon his own premises, and his output has a 
hitfh reputation throughout the country. Mr. Hughes married 
d Hughes; her family were pioneers from Ireland, and set- 
tled in Prince Edward between sixty and seventy years ago. 



I. Cornelius Hughes, remained in England. 

II. Abraham Hughes, remained in England. 

III. Joseph Hughes, m. Mary A. Pierce; set. on old homestead, 
South Marysburg. Issue: (1) James, (2) Sarah A., (3) Benja- 
min, (4) William, (5) John, (6) David, (7) Joseph, and (8) 
Daniel. The father d. aged 95 yrs. ; the mother d. aged 57 

IV. James Hughes, m. Mary Harrison; set. North Marysburg. 
Issue: (1) David, (2) Joseph, (3) Millicent, (4) William, (5) 

ncy, (6) James, (7) Archibald, (8) Calvin, (9) Eliza, (10) 
Lydia, and (11) Gladys The father d. aged 87 yrs. 

V. Benjamin Hughes, m. and set. South Marysburg. 

I [I. The Joseph Hughes Branch: 

(1) James Hughes, m. Ellen Carr; set. South Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) Joseph N. Hughes, m. Mary Wilson; set. St. 
Louis. (Issue: William.) (&) John N. Hughes, m. Alice 
Moran; set. United States. (Issue: four.) (c) Mary 
Hughes, m. Robert Hillier; set. United States. (Issue: 
Gilbert and Leslie.) (d) Adeline Hughes, m. Dennis 
.Martin; set. United States, (e) George I Inches, d. y. 
(/) J. Byron Hughes, m. Margaret McGuire; set. Pii-ton. 
(Issue: Lilly, m. William A. Williamson; set. Winnipeg. 
Issue: Elia, Finley, and Ida.) (g) Caroline Hughes, 
m. Reuben Rose; set. Toronto. (Issue. Kile. Louisa, and 
Nettie M.) (/O (ieorgina Hughes, in. William II. Pear- 


son; set. South Marysburg. ' (Issue: Charles and Henry.) 

(2) Sarah A. Hughes, d. y. 

(3) Benjamin Hughes, d. y. 

(4) William Hughes, m. Eliza Ellis; set. Haliburton. 

(5) John Hughes, m. Caroline Carr; set. Toronto. Issue: (a) 
John E. Hughes, m. Jennie Skillon; set. Toronto. (Issue: 
several.) (6) Margaret Hughes. 

(6) Samuel David Hughes, m. 1st, Phoebe J. Hubbs, 2nd, 
Christiana McGuire, and 3rd, Mrs. Fanny Snider, nee 
Mintz; set. on old homestead, South Marysburg. Issue: 
by 1st, (a) Kobert H., (6) Sanford, (c) Edwin,; and 
by 2nd, (d) Manson, (e) Benjamin; and by 3rd, (f) 
David L. 

(7) Joseph Hughes, m. Fanny McGuire; set. South Marys- 
burg. Issue: (a) George, (&) Annie, (c) Melissa, (d) 
William, and (e) Alzina. 

(8) Daniel Hughes, died in childhood. 

See IV. The James Hughes Branch: 

(1) David Hughes, m. Ellen Lane; set. Denby. Issue: (a) 
George B., (&) David, (c) John, and (d) Cynthia. 

(2) Joseph Hughes, m. Nancy Scott; set. Manitowaning. 

(3) Millicent Hughes, m. Alexander McCutcheon; set. near 

(4) William Hughes, died aged 17. 

(5) Nancy Hughes, m. William H. Snider; set. Hallowell, 
Issue: (a) Sanford B., (&) Albert, (c) Emma, (d) Lydia, 
and (e) Beecher. 

(6) James Hughes, m. Mary Sloan; set. Peterboro. Issue: 
(a) Andrew, (&) Minnie, (c) Lizzie, (d) Ada, (e)> Frank, 
(/) Fred, (g) Howard, and (h) Bruce. 

(7) Archibald Hughes, m. Adeline Hudgin; set. Picton. 
Issue: (a) George, (6) Nelson, (c) James L., (d) Am- 
anda, and (e) Esther. 

, (8) Calvin Hughes, m. Sarah Hughes; set. North Marysburg. 
Issue: (a) James Hughes, m. Nancy Snider ; set. North 
Marysburg. (Issue: Nita, Calvin, and Stanley, d aged 
21.) (6) Williard Hughes, m. Ethel Noble; set. North 
Marysburg. No issue. (c) Mary A. Hughes, m. James 
Hart; set. Athol. (Issue: Blanche, Percy, Bruce, and 
another.) (d) Lilly, m. &ohn Noble; set. Athol. (Issue: 


.nicy.) (c) Brant Hughes, uiiin. : set. Southern 
lea. (/') Lewellyn Hughes, (g) Millicent Huirhes, in. 

Frank Eaton. (Issue: Estella, Rosie, Laura, and Nancy, 

11 nm.) 

Kli/a Hughes, m. David Snider; set. Rochester. 

Lydia Hughes, m. William Powers; set. Buffalo. 

Gladys Hughes, m. John VanHooser; set. Rochester. 


From Canniff's most valuable work we find that Nicholas 
in came from New York with the VanAlstine party, and 
d at Adolphustown in 1784. He had studied law before leav- 
ing \V\v York, and was one of the first lawyers to practice in what 
wards became Upper Canada. Canniff says: "There were at 
least two brothers, David and Christopher, and two daughters, 
Betsey and Maria. The brothers were elected to Parliament at 
same time, but David died before the meeting of Parliament." 
Christopher, who was a lieutenant in the War of 1812, was a bar- 
rister and later became a judge. Just what connection Henry 
nn an, the pioneer of Sidney, bore to the above family we are 
unable to state, but as he came from New York to Adolphustown 
and at a very early day pioneered his way to Sidney, he un- 
doubtedly belonged to this distinguished family. Henry Hager- 
man settled on the Front of Sidney. His son, Henry Hagerman, 
amassed considerable weath, making handsome advances to all of 
his children and still leaving a large estate. He was for years one 
of the magistrates of the Province and was highly respected. 

; "lia, daughter of Henry Hagerman, the younger, married 
u Rob! in. The members of this Roblin family are descended 
from Owen Roblin, whose children were: (1) Sophia, married John 
Babeoek; (2) Euncie, married John Van West; (3) John I., mar- 
May Cole; (4) George; (5) Philip, and (6) Jane, married 
i'riekman. John I. Roblin 's children were: (1) Owen, 
married Fidelia, Hagerman, (see genealogy) ; (2) Sophia, married 
Kmaimel Maybee ; (3) Eliza, married William Barrnm; (4) 
Matilda, married Thomas Doxtater; (5) David, married Maria 
i-ence, and (6) Almira, unmarried. 

Of the children of Owen and Fidelia Hagerman Kohiin. it may 
be said, in addition to what appears in the table annexed, that 


William Alfred died at Belleville, March 1, 1896. He was at the 
time Grand Master of the I. 0. 0. F., and his death was univer- 
sally deplored by all who knew him. 

His brother, David 0. Roblin, is perhaps the best known of 
the surviving members of this family. He was born June 10, 1862. 
Having attended the public schools of Thurlow and having spent 
some time in farming, he early turned his attention to mercantile 
pursuits. He was first in the cigar business, and then for about 
seven years in the restaurant business at Belleville. In 1886 he 
entered the employment of Henry Corby, and has ever since been 
connected with his business interests as a travelling salesman. He 
married Miss Annie Snowdon, of Peterboro, and resides in Belle- 
ville. Mr. Roblin belongs to the Presbyterian Church and is a 
member of the Conservative party. 

Charles R. Hagerman, son of Donald M., and grandson of 
Henry Hagerman, was born at Rawdon, September 12, 1851, and 
settled in Murray in 1875. Here he purchased one hundred and 
eight acres, made it a model farm and sold the same to advantage. 
He next purchased one hundred and sixty-five acres in the second 
concession of Sidney, brought this to a high state of cultivation 
and sold it for a large price. Subsequently he purchased the grist 
mill and water power and house in Trenton, selling the water 
power. Charles R. Hagerman has been a much respected citizen 
wherever he has lived; he is a good business man and a model 
farmer. I;ike his respected father he has held the different offices 
in the Methodist Church, such as class leader, steward, etc. "When 
a boy, he collected the church steward money for his father. In 
Sidney he worked hand in hand with Edward 0. Stickle in church 

Joseph Hagerman, the youngst son of Henry and Labithia 
Clapp Hagerman, had but the one child, Sydenham P. He was 
educated at the schools of Rawdon and Huntingdon, and spent 
some time in farming, although his tastes naturally inclined him 
to a mercantile career. In 1899 he came to Belleville and became 
interested in the Belleville canning factory. 

Mr. Hagerman married Ida F. Denike. They have three chil- 
dren, Melville, Ernest and Stanley. Mr. Hagerman is a Methodist 
and belongs to the Conservative party. He is, however, a thorough 
business man, devoting substantially all his time and energy to the 
growth and development of the Belleville canning factory, now 


himself and R. B. Morden, which lias beeome not only a 
isti hit iim of the city of Belleville, but has grown to be the 
m of its kind in the Dominion of Canada. 



I. llagerman, m. 1st Dencey Clapp, and 2nd, Isabel 
Chapman: set. Thurlow. Issue: (1) Fidelia, (2) Lydia, (3) 

Ue, (4) Ransom, (5) Murchison, (6) Alva, (7) Mar- 
(8) Annie, and (9) Emma. 

II. William Hagerman, m. Gatrey Ketcheson; set. Sidney. Issue: 

John, and (2) William. 

III. Henry llagerman, m. Nancy Davis; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 
Mnr.ira.ret A., (2) William W., (3) Richard D., (4) James L., 

::.orge A., (6) Harriet J., (7) Thomas B., (8) Tabitha 
L. B., and (9) Charles W. 

IV. .James Hagerman, d. y. 

V. Elizabeth Hagerman, m. Charles R. Bonisteel; set. Sidney. 

VI. Benjamin Hagerman, m. Matilda Ketcheson; set. Rawdon. 

(1) Nancy, (2) George, (3) John, (4) Martha, (5) 
William, and (6) Henry. 

VII Debora Hagerman, m. Emory Vandervoort; set. Sidney. 
VIII. Donald Murchison Hagerman, m. Hester Ann Shorey; set. 
\don. Issue: (1) Harriet, .(2) Henry C., (3) Charles R., 
Albert W., (5) Emma D.,' (6) Alva L., (7) Willard M., 
Paul W., (9) Murney I., and (10) Edwin A. Father d. 
8, aged 78. 

Hagerman, m. Owen Roblin; set. Thurlow. Issue: 

.Inhn A., (2) James II., (3) Tabitha Matilda, (4) Nettie, 

David O., (6) William Alfred, and (7) Charles Nelson. 

'iiit Hairerman, m. Catherine Huyck; set. Stirling. Issue: 

Qatrey, and (2) one d. y. 

XI. Joseph Ihigerman, m. Amanda Perry; set. Rawdon. Issue: 
d.-nluiMi P. 


!!(. Tin H< ni i/ Hagerman Branch: 

(1) Margaret lla.uvnnan, in. .James Clark; set. Thurlow. 

(2) William W. Hagerman, m. Sarah White; set. Sidney. 

Issue: (a) Frank, and (6) Alfred. 


(3) Richard D. Hagerman, m. Catherine Lake; set. Sidney. 
Issue: (a) Henry. 

(4) James L. Hagerman, unm. 

(5) George A. Hagerman, unm. 

(6) Harriet J. Hagerman, m. Charles Saylor. 

(7) Thomas B. Hagerman, m. Madeline Smith; set. Sidney. 
No issue. 

(8) Tabitha Hagerman, m. Samuel Grills; set. Sidney. Issue: 
(a) Hattie. 

(9) Charles W. Hagerman, m. and set. California. 

See VI. The Benjamin Hagerman Branch: 

(1) Nancy Hagerman, m. Thomas Fair; set. Rawdon. Issue: 
(a) John, and (b) Matilda. 

(2) George Hagerman, m. Margaret Patterson; set. Rawdon. 
Issue: (a) John, (b) Charlotte, (c) Emma, (d) Wilbur, 
and (e) Ketcheson. 

(3) John Hagerman, m. Anna Caverley; set. Rawdon. Issue: 
(a) Benjamin. 

(4) Martha Hagerman, m. Samuel Patterson ; set. Rawdon. 

(5) William Hagerman, m. and set. Rawdon. 

(6) Henry Hagerman, m. Patience Garrison; set. Rawdon. 

See VIII. The Donald Murchison Hagerman Branch: 

(1) Harriet Hagerman, m. Paul Kingston; set. Rawdon. 
Issue: (a) Wilmot, (6) Blanche, (c) George, (d) Albert, 
and (e) Sarah. 

(2) Henry C. Hagerman, m. Mary A. Robinson; set. Hunt- 
ingdon. Issue: (a) Ada, (b) Alva, (c) Clayton, and (d) 

(3) Charles R. Hagerman, m. Mary J. Corrigall; set. Trenton. 
Issue: (a) Audrie, (6) Alice, (c) Lelia, and (d) Edna. 

(4) Albert W. Hagerman, m. Elsie Ketcheson; set. Sidney. 
Issue: (a) Daniel, (6) Maud, (c) Lillie, (d) Milton, and 
(e) Harry. 

(5) Emma 0. Hagerman, d. y. 

(6) Alva L. Hagerman, m. Elizabeth Gonsell; set. Belleville. 
Issue: (a) Wellesley, (b) Walter, (c) Everett, and (d) 

(7) Willard Hagerman, m. Emma Caverley; set. Rawdon. No 


Paul W. llagernum, m. Annie Eascott; set, Hawdon. N<> 


: ; Murray Hauerman, m. Matilda Brown; set. Rawdon. 
Issue: (a) Arthur, and (&) Florence. 
(win II. Hagcrman, d. y. 

Fidelia Hagcrman Branch: 

John A. Roblin, m. Julia Jones; set. Thurlow. Issue: (a) 

II. Roblin, m. Rattle Frederick; set. South Park, 
Washington. Issue: (a) Edna. 

(3) Tabitha Matilda Roblin, m. Asa Mott; set .Thurlow. 
Issue: (a) Percy. 

'tie Roblin, m. 1st, George Frederick, and 2nd, James 
1 lodge; set. Belleville. Issue: by 1st, (a) Ethel, m. 
(Jeorge Phillips; set. Belleville. No issue. Issue by 2nd: 
( b ) Georgina. 

David 0. Roblin, m. Annie Snowdon; set. Belleville. No 

William Alfred Roblin, d. unm. 

(7) Charles Nelson Roblin, m. and set. Buffalo. Issue: (a) 
David Nelson, (6) Irene, and (c) Herbert. 


founder of this family in Canada was Stephen Hess. Like 
any others of the United Empire Loyalists, he was a native 
York; and settled in Sidney shortly after the close of the 
in Revolution. He married Catherine, daughter of the pion- 
> Vandervoort. They reared a large family, who, in 
i, proved themselves worthy of their excellent ancestry. 
rly struggles and hardships were no less severe than those 
'irighhors; and they contributed by toil and sacrifice their 
full share towards transforming the unbroken forest into fertile 

i-i prosperous settlements. 

Their son, James I less, was born on the third concession of 

in L824; in 1848 he married Melissa Parker. He leased 

hundred acres of Allan T. Ketcheson, near" AVallbridirc, and 

i the same for five years. 

ruder the then existing laws of Upper Canada the eldest son 
inherited the property. His father having died, Jacob Hess, the 


eldest son, inherited the property, but lost the same; and James 
provided for his father's family. The family came to live with 
him on the Allen T. Ketcheson place. Here typhoid fever broke 
out amongst them and William and Stephen, Jr., died. James 
recovered, but the illness, attendant expense, and failure to put in 
crops, left him without a dollar. A kind neighbor, Hiram Perry, 
without solicitation, came to his relief, with a small loan, and en- 
abled him to bridge over the extremity. He then rented the Hugh 
McMullen place in the third concession, and lived there twenty- 
one years. He then purchased one hundred acres, lot 9, 3rd conces- 
sion of Sidney, and lived there until his death in 1901, aged 
seventy-five years. His wife died in 1890, aged sixty-three years. 

James Hess, besides bringing up his own family, provided for 
his brothers and sisters until they were able to take care of them- 
selves. He was a first-class citizen and had the confidence and 
respect of the entire community. In politics he was a Conserva- 
tive, and a consistent member of the Methodist Church. 

John W. Hess, son of James Hess, was born on the McMullen 
farm mentioned above, on November 15, 1857. He attended the 
"Hogle" school, and worked on the farm with his father until he 
was twenty-six years old. On December 25, 1883, he married Sarah 
A. Harry, daughter of John Harry. With the aid of his father, 
he had purchased one hundred acres, lot 10, 2nd concession of Sid- 
ney, and the following spring he and his wife commenced house- 
keeping in their new home. They have had the following chil- 
dren: Harry, Percy and Leatha. 

John W. Hess is a representative citizen and a member of the 
Methodist Church. He is a member of the Maccabees, and is a 
Conservative in politics. His farm is in a high state of cultivation, 
containing a substantial new house, up-to-date barns and other 
valuable improvements. He carries on mixed farming, and raises 
Clydesdale horses for the market. 

Charles 0. Hess, son of James Hess, was born and raised in 
Sidney, being educated at the schools there. He married Miss 
Phoebe Harry, and carried on farming extensively in concession 
2, Sidney, until he sold his farm in 1903. 



I. Jacob Hess, m. Eliza Reddick; set. Percy. 


II Samuel Hess, m. and set. Michigan. 

m. Almira Rose; set. Rochester. Issue: (1) 
Or. . (2) Sarah H., and (3) Minnie. 

m. Melissa Parker; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) Wil- 

B. F., (2) Dr. Stephen O., (3) Jeannetta A., (4) Annie 

.John W., (6) Charles 0., (7) David W., and (8) 

tte A . 

V !! iv IIcss. in. Maria Cooper; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) Gifford, 

Vhomas, and (3) Edgar. 
VI. William Hess, d. y. 
VII Su-phon Hess, Jr., d. y. 
VIII. John Hess, m. Debra Preston; set. Murray. Issue: (1) Ada, 

Willett, (3) Emma, (4) Morley, and (5) James. 
T\ Anu'lin A. Hess, m. Peter Bonisteel; set. Michigan. Issue: (1) 
mel, (2) James, (3) Priscilla, (4) David, (5) Hiram, (6) 
Elizabeth, and (7) Abigail. 
X. M'>iinda Hess, m. Joseph Hogle; set. Sidney. No issue. 


V". The James Hess Branch: 
(1) William E. F. Hess, m. Sarah A. Lever; set. New York. 

No issue. 

Dr. Stephen 0. Hess; set. in Western States. 

Jeannette A. Hess, m. William Blair ; set. Trenton. Issue : 

(a) Pearl, and (I) Hallard. 

(4) Annie L. Hess, m. E. M. Rowe; school teacher at Rock- 

John W. Hess, m. Sarah A. Harry; set. Sidney. Issue: 

(a) Harry, (6) Percy, and (c) Leatha. 
(6) Charles 0. Hess, m. Phoebe Harry; set. Sidney. No 


David W. Hess, m. and set! at Little Falls, N.Y. No 

issue. He is deceased. 

Charlotte Hess, m. John Preston, V.S. ; set. Trenton. No 



William Ilonlden, a native of Yorkshire, England, married Ann 

.f ilif sjimi- place, in 1823. They had two sons, John, who 

u' to Canada, and George, who remained in England, and was 

Registrar of Burnley for forty-one years, and until his ivsigna- 


tion. William Houlden and his wife came to Canada in 1854, with 
means, and lived a retired life. She died in 1855, and later he mar- 
ried Mrs. Ivison. He died at the age of eighty-eight, and his 
remains, with those of his first wife, lie in the Frankford Cemetery. 

John Houlden, the eldest son, was born in Yorkshire, England, 
March 21, 1830. After finishing school he concluded to learn the 
trade of gardening, and served seven years in acquiring same ; four 
years in the gardens of Hon. Arthur Captain Duncombe, Lord of 
Admiralty and M.P., and three years in the gardens of Sir Tatton 

June 11, 1851, he married Mary H. Askew, and the following 
year the young couple emigrated to Canada. When they arrived 
at Whitby, a few weeks later, they had just fifty cents left, with 
which Mrs. Houlden paid for their breakfast at Ray's Hotel, on 
the wharf. But they were not in the least discouraged. Young 
Houlden knew that he was an expert in his line and could com- 
mand work at good wages. After breakfast he set out to a nurs- 
ery, just west of town, and when the owner saw the kind of a man 
he was and learned of his capacity, he immediately engaged him. 
Mr. Houlden afterwards built a house in Whitby, but in 1855 he 
sold it a.nd came to Sidney. There he purchased one hundred 
acres of land in the fifth concession, upon which he has since 
resided, adding to it from time to time, until now the family own 
a large tract. On this farm he erected conservatories and engaged 
in the gardening business on a large scale, and has been most suc- 
cessful. He has a brick house, large barns and commodious 
premises replete with every convenience, even to spring water that 
is piped to his residence and also to the barns, keeping an abund- 
ance of pure water constantly in the trough before his cattle and 

The family belong to 'the Church of England. In politics 
Mr. Houlden is k Conservative. He is a man who is considered 
strictly honest in all his dealings, and an upright, first-class citizen. 



I. George W. Houlden, m. Levina Gardner ; set. Sidney. Issue : 
(1) Pearl. 

II. Thomas C. Houlden, m. Estella Tice. Issue: (1) John A. 


111 A. lloulden, m. Ida (I. Ellis. Issue: (1) Walter L., 

i.-nlys S. G. 

<;. Iloulden, m. Edward Lott. Issue: (1) John II. 
V S. Houlden, m. W. II. Bamber. 

-I. Iloulden. 

II. Houlden. 

VII! 0. Houlden. 

E. E. Houlden. 
iartha Iloulden. 


Tin 1 Harrys are an old English family, tracing their ancestry 
to William Harry, who was born in England in 1628. His son, 
William, was born in 1675; his great-grandson, another William, 
in 1744, while John, the Canadian pioneer, who emigrated from 

and to Canada and settled in the third concession of Sidney, 

born in 1793. He had seven children: Mary (born 1821), 
William (born 1822), John, Jr., (born 1824), Sarah Ann (born 

), Thomas (born 1827), Joseph (born 1829), and Eliza 
(born 1832). The descendants of John Harry, Sr., married, and in 
turn had many descendants, but this sketch will deal with John 
Harry, Jr., and his posterity. 

John Harry, the elder, was a man of means in England, but 
through unfortunate speculation lost his money, and being a man 

u'rgy and wishing to place his family in a position where they 
might be independent, he sold his small belongings and emigrated 

anada in 1842. He was practically without money. His son, 

John Harry, was at this time only eighteen years old, but he was 

ambitious and not afraid to work. These characteristics 

.shared by the whole family, and it goes without saying that 

re successful. At the time of his death (1886) John Harry, 

a large tract of land, consisting of three hundred and 

five acres in a high state of cultivation, which provided for 

family in an ample manner; and to-day their fine stone and 

k houses and first-class barns and outbuildings, are among the 

in Sidney. As a family, they contribute a generous quota to 

;>est citizenship of Hastings County. 

The Harry family in England belonged to the Church of Eng- 

i. but there being no English Church convenient to their home 


in Sidney, they affiliated with the Methodist Church. John Harry, 
Jr., was a Conservative in politics, and while taking a healthy inter- 
est in political affairs, never sought or accepted office. He was a 
man of strong views, entirely honorable in his dealings, and 
respected by all who knew him. On November 17, 1857, he married 
Eliza Ann, daughter of James Westfall. 

Their son, James A. Harry, was born at the old John Harry 
homestead August 15, 1858. He married Clara A. Dench, and has 
four children, Roy, Blanche, Ida and Willie. His wife is deceased. 
James A. Harry is a representative Canadian farmer. He owns 
one hundred acres in the second concession of Sidney in a splendid 
state of cultivation, watered by a never-failing creek and contain- 
ing a handsome brick residence, and up-to-date barns and outbuild- 
ings. He is a Methodist. In politics he is a Conservative, and 
withal a well-informed and progressive citizen. 



I. James A. Harry, m. Clara A. Dench; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 

Roy, (2) Blanche, (3) Ida, and (4) William. 

II. Joseph F. Harry, m. Rose Jenkins; set. California, No issue. 

III. Sarah A. Harry, m. John Herr; set. Sidney. 

IV. William Harry, m. 1st, Annie Maybee, and 2nd, Jennie Perk- 
ins Grass. No issue. 

V. Martha H. Harry, (d. 1902), m. James Kenney; set. Trenton. 
Issue: (1) Alice, and (2) Harry J. 

VI. Theda E. Harry, m. Charles Hess; set. Sidney. No issue. 

VII. George A. Harry, m. Ada Harder; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 

VIII. Eliza M. Harry, m. William Hamilton ; set. Thurlow. Issue : 
(1) Frank, and (2) Perry. 


James Hendricks, or "Hendrick," as the name was formerly 
written and as it is still written by some of his descendants, was 
born in County Kildare, Ireland. He and his wife were both of 
Scotch descent, their parents having emigrated to Ireland from 
Scotland. They came to the United States prior to the Revolu- 


\Yar and settled in New Jersey. During tliis war Jann-s 

is said to have taken part on the Royal side, being a 

>f the '2nd Battalion King's Royal Regiment, and only 

i time after its close. Hi's widow Phoebe Hendrirks, 

ir children, Jacob, James, Isaac and Daniel, then emi- 

Canada; they came with James Pierson and settled at tlie 
IMace. The sons drew United Empire Loyalist land, and, 

-eption of Jacob, settled and remained in the vicinity. 
<>h Heiulrieks was born in New Jersey, October 10, ITs-J. 
and in lsor he married Mary Frederick. She was the daughter of 
John Kmlerick, of Thurlow, who was born October 7, 1777. Soon 
their marriage Jacob Hendricks purchased and settled upon 
hundred acres, lot 4, concession A, Murray. He also drew 
hundred acres of United Empire Loyalist land in Madoc. He 
millwright by trade, and not only carried on farming, but 
rade as well for many years. He built and assisted in build- 
in ir many mills in the district. He was a very energetic man and 
i ly reliable, a member of the Church of England and a strong 
Conservative. He passed away at his home in Murray in 1851, 

y-nine years. 

Hiram Hendrick, second child and eldest son of the pioneer, 

married Mary A. McFaul, and settled in Murray. His eldest son, 

Wiliuot Allen Hendrick, J.P., named in honor of his father 's 

Lion. Lemuel Allen Wilmot, of New Brunswick, married 

y Janet, daughter of Peter Alexander Gunn, who came from 

1 as lieutenant in the 93rd Highlanders, and was an official 
uany years in Her Majesty's Customs at Kingston. Mr. Hend- 

is a substantial farmer of retiring disposition, but highly 
d by all who knew him. He is a member of the Church of 
i and a warden for many years. In politics he is a Conser- 
. He is a Justice of the Peace. 

( >f his children it may be mentioned that Arthur C. was born 
I array and educated at the Trenton High School, the Owen 
'Ollegiate Institute, the University of Toronto (where he 
an Edward Blake scholar), and King's College, London, 
:iand. He received the degrees of M.A. and M.B. from the 
I'niversity of Toronto, and began the practice of medicine in 1900. 
' i> resent actively engaged in the practice of his profession, 
College Street, Toronto, and is a member of the Medical Fac- 
ulty of the University of Toronto. 


Archer "Wilmot Hendrick was also born in Murray, and en- 
joyed the same educational advantages as his brother Dr. Hendrick, 
up to and including a course in the University of Toronto, from 
which institution he graduated in arts and law. In going through 
the University he won the McKenzie scholarship. He is at present 
a professor in the University of the State of Washington. 

John F. Hendricks, second son of Jacob Hendricks, was born 
in the old home on the Bay Front, Murray, in 1821, and aside from 
a few years' residence on another farm in Murray, has always 
lived on this farm, purchased by his father about a century ago. 
His father had a family of eight children, and while he was con-, 
sidered in those days well-to-do, the inheritance of no one child 
was very large. John F. received in the neighborhood of $700 in 
stock, etc., as his share of the estate ; and the large amount of prop- 
erty that he has since accumulated has come from his own exer- 
tions. Before John F. Hendricks gave farms to his sons he owned 
about nine hundred acres of first-class land in Murray, and he still 
owns five hundred acres of land in a high state of cultivation. 
That he is a man of more than ordinary ability is evidenced by the 
above. But more than this, he is a first-class citizen in all that the 
term implies. He has always been an active church member, serv- 
ing as warden in the Church of England. He was also a captain in 
the Prince Edward Militia for a number of years, and served eight 
years in the Municipal Council. He is a staunch Conservative. 
The Hendricks family crest is in possession of and used by the 



I. Levica Hendricks, b. 1806 ; m. Simon Closson ; set. Warkworth. 

Issue: (1) Hiram, (2) Charles, and (3) John. 

II. Hiram Hendrick, b. 1808; m. Mary A. McFaul; set. Murray. 
Issue: (1) Sarah A., (2) Wilmot A., (3) Jerome, and (4) 

III. Mary A. Hendricks, b. 1810; m. James Potter; set. United 

IV. Phoebe Hendricks, b. 1813; m. Asa J. Hill; set. Murray. 
Issue: (1) Phoebe, (2) Mary, (3) Calvin, (4) William, and 
(5) Jacob. 


V Kli/a TIendrirks, 1). 1S1T); m. Keuben Youm:: set. Murray. 
li rharles, (2) Wesley, (3) Adelaide, (4) Amanda, 
3) Marlha. 
V I re1 Ilendrieks, b. 1S17; m. Peter McPaul ; set. Sidney. 

1 i Helen. 

VII .John K. Uemlrieks, b. 1821; m. Elizabeth Crandall, dan. of 

John ('randall, on June 18, 1844. She \vas born in 1S:24, d. 

!. Issue: (1) Emerilla, (2) Jacob M., (3) George W., (4) 

John W., (5) Mary E., (6) Walter F., (7) Helen A., (8) 

Smith A., and (9) William E. 

VIII. Daniel Hendricks, b. 1824; m. Miss Gordon; set. Chatham. 
Issue: (1) Jacob, (2) Charles, (3) Hugh, (4) Walter, (5) 
.Mack. (6) Sandy, (7) Daniel, and three daughters. 


II. The Hiram Hendrick Branch: 

(1) Sarah A. Hendrick, m. Reuben Moran; set. Murray. 
Issue: (a) Walter W., (deceased), and (6) Lena, m. and 
set. Chicago. 

Wilmot Allen Hendrick, m. Mary Janet Gunn ; set. Mur- 
ray. Issue: (a) Mary Hendrick, unm., at home. (&) 
Arthur C. Hendrick, M.D. ; set. Toronto; and (c) Prof. 
Archer Wilmot Hendrick, m. Blanche Clarke, of Picton; 
set. Washington. (Issue; Katherine.) 

(3) Jerome Wellington Hendrick, m. Sarah Macdonald, of 
Wellington; set. Murray. No issue. 

Clarence McLean Hendrick, mill owner, m. Anna Lohnes ; 
set. Murray. Issue: (a) Elwood Walter, (b) Lura, (c) 
Clara, (d) Leonard, (e) Jerome, and others. 

The John F. Hendricks Branch: 

(1) Emerilla Hendricks, m. William Jeffs; set. Trenton. 
Issue: (a) William, (&) Florence, and (c) Minnie. 
Jacob M. Hendricks, m. Sarah Jeffs; set. Murray. No 

George W. Hendricks, m. Mary J. Knox; set Murray. 
Issue: (a) Ethel M. 

(4) John W. Hendricks, m. Ida Pennock; set. United States. 
(Issue: (a) Mabel, (6) Webster, (c) Vinton, (d) Donald, 
and (e) Flossie. 

(5) Mary E. Hendricks, m. Cyrus Howell : set. IVince 1-M 


ward County. Issue: (a) Frederick, (b) Rossie, and (c) 

(6) Walter F. Hendricks, d. unm. ; aged 22 yrs. 

(7) Helen A. Hendricks, m. Lysander Hogle ; set. Sidney. No 

(8) Smith A. Hendricks, m. Sarah Wiggins; set. Murray. 
Issue: (a) Robert, (6) Ernest, (c) John F., (d) Mar- 
gueretta, (e) Frank, and (/) Mary. 

(9) William E. Hendricks, m. Lillie Simpson; set. Murray. 
Issue: (a) Edith, and (6) Beryl. 


Francis Hogle, the pioneer ancestor of this family, was the 
son of Captain Hogle, of Vermont, who fell gallantly fighting for 
his King at the Battle of Bennington. He left a widow and three 
children. They fled to Canada, first secreting their possessions. 
In their garden was buried a large quantity of valuable silver plate 
which was never regained. 

Francis Hogle about 1787 came to Adolphustown, where he 
drew land as a son of a United Empire Loyalist. When he came to 
Canada he was a young man and single. He married Margaret 
Hartman in Adolphustown, and after remaining there a short 
time he sold out and came to Sidney, where he settled and raised 
his family. 

This old pioneer was a tall, powerful man, and the ancestor 
of a race of tall, powerful men and women. The Hogles were 
always in demand at " raisings" and "bees" of every kind. They 
were the acknowledged champions at these gatherings, being able 
on nearly all occasions to place the first log in position, whether it 
was a logging ' ' bee " or at a " raising. ' ' There was always a plenti- 
ful supply of "grog" at these gatherings, and it was not an 
unusual thing for our forefathers to mistake their consuming 
capacities, and overload themselves with "good cheer," and there 
would often be some "trouble in the camp." On all such occas- 
ions the Hogles acted as peace-preservers, if possible; and if that 
were not possible, then as peace restorers. They might not be able 
at all times to prevent an infraction of the peace, but they seldom 
failed to quiet a disturbance. 

The following is the Hogle bear story. On a certain occas- 


\bner Hogle was returning from his labors in tin* bush when 
he bberly bear with one of his father's lings in bis arms 

lie weapon of any kind, but depending on his physical 

alone, lie attacked the bear and freed the pig. 
In the pioneer's family were seven sons and four daughters. 
Th father died in 1820 in his forty-fifth year, and his wife in 

her seventy-eighth year. 

luhn 1 1 ogle, son of the pioneer, married Sarah Tuttle. Her 

fat! ph Tuttle, was born at Farmington, Conn., in 1751. 

II- served in the Revolutionary War on the American side from 

17S< to 1782. After the war they came to Cobourg, but finally 

returned to the States, Joseph Tuttle dying at the ripe old age of 

ninety-nine, and his wife, Sally Sharker, at the age of one hundred 

and one. In Stephen H. Hogle's family were five school teachers, 

Henry, Peter, Lemuel V., Egerton R., and Louisiana. One 

be sons, Egerton R., became a prominent educationalist in 

Ohio; later he went into the express business, and by successive 

advancements became General Superintendent of United States 

Company, with headquarters at Cleveland, Ohio. He died 

in 1W)3. 

Austin Hogle, son of John and grandson of the pioneer, was 

on the original Hogle homestead, lot 19, 2nd concession, Si'd- 

.J an nary 20, 1838. His boyhood experience was similar to 

that of the sons of other pioneers; plenty of work on the farm in 

sun nn or, and "schooling" at the " Hogle" school during the win- 

nonths. The Hogles were good workers, but they were also 

livers, and no stranger was allowed to pass by without being 

to accept of their bounteous hospitality; a characteristic 

uifested in the Hogle generation of this day. Mr. Hogle 

; Abigail Finkle, February 9, 1887; they have one son, 

Kdward Austin. Mrs. Hogle belonged to the respected pioneer 

lamily, mentioned elsewhere in this volume, and her ster- 

'.u a lilies are everywhere in evidence at their plasant home. 

The 1 1 ogle family are adherents of the Methodist Church, and 

'ibenil givers, not only to the church, but to all deserving 

ts. When a young man Mr. Hogle joined the L. O. L., but he 

not belong to any other secret organization. 

1 1 e owns two hundred and ten acres of as good land as is con- 

t aiiied in Sidney; this land is in a high state of cultivation, and 

produces large crops. Many of the fanners of Sidney raise and 


drive good horses, and Mr. Hogle is not an exception in this regard, 
as he has an inherited fondness for first-class horses, and can never 
be found without one or more of them in his stables. He is con- 
sidered by all an enterprising citizen, and one of the solid men of 



I. David Hogle, m. Jane Fletcher; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 

Stephen, (2) Sampson, (3) Alexander, (4) William, (5) John, 

(6) Elizabeth, (7) Nancy, (8) Malinda, (9) Catharine, (10) 
Sarah J., (11) Caroline, (12) Ellen, (13) Hannah, (14) Har- 
riet, and (15) Maria. The father d. 1846, aged 40 years; the 
mother d. 1847, aged 40 years. 

II. John Hogle, m. Sarah Tuttle; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) Joseph, 
(2) Abner, (3) David, (4) Francis, (5) Austin, (6) Caroline, 

(7) Mahala, and (8) Maggie. The father d. 1866, aged 65 
yrs. ; the mother d. 1898, aged 95 yrs. 

III. Stephen H. Hogle, m. Isabella Wiley; set Sidney. Issue: (1) 
Henry, (2) Peter G., (3) James W., (4) Arnold C., (5) Lem- 
uel V., (6) Edgerton R., (7) Charles W., (8) Adeline, (9) 
Anna V., (10) Lucinda, and (11) Montague. The father d. 
1860, aged 55 years; the mother d. 1872, aged 62 years. 

IV. Jacob Hogle, m. Betsey Fletcher; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 
James, (2) Fletcher, (3) Stewart, (4) Walter, (5) Addison, 
(6) Murney, (7) Margaret, (8) Eliza, (9) Mary E., (10) 
Adeline, and (11) Jane. The father d. 1880, aged 61 years; 
the mother d. 1891, aged 71 years. 

V. Joseph Hogle, m. Mary A. McMullen; set. Sidney. Issue: (1) 

John A., (2) James, (3) Catharine, (4) Rose A., and (5) 
Louisa. The father d. 1885, aged 70 years ; the mother d. 1893, 
aged 73 years. 

VI. Benjamin Hogle, d. y. 

VII. Francis Hogle, unm. 

VIII. Catharine Hogle, m. George Vandervoort. 

IX. Elizabeth Hogle, m. John Arney; set. Ernesttown. Issue: (1) 
Francis, (2) Jones, (3) Margaret, (4) Mary A., (5) Eliza, 
(6) Charlotte, and (7) Elizabeth. 

X. Polly Hogle, m. David Sager; set. Sidney. 

XI. Anna Hogle, m. Francis Vandervoort; set. Rawdon. 



Jokn If ogle Branch: 
Joseph 1 logic, in. Catharine Maybee; set. I\a\vdon. Issue: 

Ai/ilin, and (b) Emma. 

Aimer Hogle, m. Sarah Clarke; set. Rawdon. Issue: (a) 
Alva, (6) Clinton, (c) Lucetta, (d) Mary S., (e) Edith, 
and (/) Henrietta. 

David Ilogle, m. 1st, Sarah Fletcher, and 2nd, Miss John- 
son ; sot. Rawdon. Issue: by 1st, (a) John A., (b) James 
W., (c) Herman II., (d) George W. ; issue: by 2nd, (e) 
Mahala, and (/) Francis. 
Prancis Hogle, unm. 

Austin Hogle, m. Abigail Finkle; set. Sidney. Issue: 
O) Edward H. 

(6) Caroline Hogle, m. Emery Finkle; set. Sidney. Issue: 
(a) Albert, (b) Manson, (c) Sarah, and (d) Martha. 

(7) Mahala Hogle, m. 1st, Jacob McMaster, and 2nd, John W. 
Young. No issue. 

(8) Maggie Hogle, m. Paul Fletcher; set. Sidney. Issue: (a) 
John, (b) Percy, and (c) Minnie. 


Born in the County of Armagh, Ireland, in 1780, of Welsh- 
Irish parentage, Robert Jones, the pioneer of the Jones family 
in Prince Edward County, belonged to a class of farmers in Ire- 
land, which, though heavily handicapped as lease-holders and often 
rack rented, have always given a good account of themselves. To 
Robert was given as good an education as his prospects demanded 
and the times permitted; and he also received a thoroughly good 

MI It ura 1 training on the family homestead, until he was of age 
to begin farming on his own account. This he did, at the same 
time marrying Mary Bell, the daughter of a neighboring farmer, 

!' the same ago as himself. The farm he chose was cultivated 
Tor twenty years, during which time all of his sons and 
iters, to the number of eleven, were born. 

His determination to emigrate was not prompted by failure 

iceeed in farming in Ireland, but rather to the need he felt 

-enuring a much larger holding 1'or himself and his sons, and 

one that he should hold on better terms. Being, therefore, under 


no necessity of hurrying matters he had a li'fe lease of his tenure 
he proceeded tentatively, and first sent his eldest son, Francis 
B., who was at this time about nineteen years of age, to Canada 
to investigate and, if he thought well of it, to invest in some farm- 
ing land. Francis B. found his way into Prince Edward County, 
where, in the township of Hillier, he purchased land, and where he 
was joined two years later by his next youngest brother, James B. 
By the time his two sons had raised a log house and cleared a few 
acres, the pioneer to whom they had meanwhile reported progress, 
was ready to start for Canada with the rest of his family ; Robert, 
his second youngest child, being at the time only three years old, 
and Susannah, his youngest, eighteen months. It was in or about 
the year 1824 that they sailed first for Liverpool and then from 
that port in the "Duke of Wellington" for Quebec. They were 
six weeks on the voyage, being kept back by contrary winds and 
some very rough weather. Arrived in Quebec they next made their 
way to the shores of Prince Edward County on the Bay of Quinte, 
&nd thence to the township Hillier, where the Jones family re- 
united. The log house which had been erected and prepared for 
their reception had to do duty as the habitation of the whole fam- 
ily until, under the superintendence of the Pioneer, a large frame 
structure, larger and more commodious, supplanted it. Meanwhile 
by the combined efforts of the several members of his family, a sys- 
tem of fencing and general improvement was inaugurated; a fine 
fruit-bearing orchard appeared; barns and the various outbuild- 
ings were constructed; and before the youngest son of the family 
had reached manhood, a complete transformation had been effected. 

The farm was located on lot 14, 2nd concession of Hillier, and 
there Robert Jones lived until in 1870 when he died at the advanced 
aged of ninety years. His wife, who had been indeed a helpmate 
to him during all these years, died in the following year at the 
age of ninety-one years. 

Upon the death of Robert Jones, his young son and namesake 
succeeded to the homestead, his elder brothers having previously 
bought and settled upon farms of their own in the immediate 
neighborhood, while the daughters of the pioneer had all married 
farmers of the district and were by this time placed in comfortable 
circumstances. To the lot on which the homestead was situated 
Robert added one hundred acres (lot 13), half of which lay along- 
side the original farm, while the remaining part ran back to the 


-MOD. IK- removed to this farm, as it was an old im- 
:-nd a line residence had been reared on it, with large 
ihuildiiiL'-s nit ached. 

me] -lones. fourth son and eighth child of Robert Jones, 
private soldier in Captain Flagler's company in the 
' then commanded by Colonel Wilkins, and called the 
TO." While on sentinel duty at Toronto he challenged 
neral's party, who attempted to pass without giv- 
MT countersign, and was complimented for his viligance 
nee to orders. October 6, 1841, he married Almira, 
; of James and Tabitha Foster, and in 1842 purchased lot 
<>n of Hillier, to which he added, later on, part of 
lot -4 The land was uncleared when he bought it, and he erected 
only a j>jf house at first; but in 1858 commenced building opera- 
tions \\ -Mich extended for the next three years; and by 1861 he had 
d liis large stone dwelling with commodious barns, stables 
and other improvements. He was an active man in the township, 
and at various times served as constable, bailiff, assessor, clerk, 
enumerator and Justice of the Peace ; and after his active military 
;ri the field, he served from time to time in the militia, and 
missioned respectively sergeant, ensign, lieutenant, captain 
and major. 

His family consisted of five sons and five daughters. Deborah, 
t!i- Ldest, with her husband, Levi Anderson, settled in Amelias- 
'ti the south bank of the Bay of Quinte. 
mklin Jones, the eldest son, upon the resignation of his 
i f ath'-r, was appointed clerk of the township, and after thirteen 
-i^ned to take up his residence in Toronto. Mary Eliza- 
third child, married John R. Minaker, and resides in San 
Her daughter, Flora Bell, married Ernest Frank, 
i of Sir George Alfred Haythornewhyle-Cheflfins, Bart. 
.Joseph Leslie, second son, also settled in California, where 
iirs he was engaged as public school teacher. Robert 
! hird son, entered the ministry of the Church of England, 
MOW rector at Aultsville. 

otln-r children were James Foster, George Francis Bell, 
\delia, Malissa Jane and Tabitha. 


rillLDRKN AND ( i RANIHM 1 1 1 .1>KEN : 

1 Francis B. .lours, m. \ancy Blakely; set. Hillier. Issn- 


James, (2) Stephen H., (3) Malissa M., (4) Robert, (5) 
Elizabeth, (6) John, (7) Harriet A., and (8) Lydia J. 

II. James B. Jones, m. Harriet Parr; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 
Amos, (2) Elizabeth, (3) Robert, (4) George, (5) Greer, (6) 
Mary A., (7) Sarah E., (8) Frank, (9) Margaret J., (10) 
Nancy, (11) Phoebe A., (12) Harper, and (13) Harriet. 

III. Elizabeth Jones, m. John Borland; set. Hillier. Issue:. (1) 
Gilbert, (2) Robert, (3) Samuel J., (4) Mary E. ? (5) Matilda, 
(6) Sarah A., (7) Joseph, (8) Tabitha, and (9) John. 

IV. George Jones, m. 1st, Eliza Adams, and 2nd, Letitia Niles; 
set. Hillier. Issue: by 1st, (1) Sarah J., (2) Mintche, (3) 
Margaret A.; and by 2nd, (4) Cornelia E., (5) Mary E., (6) 
Amanda, and (7) George B. 

V. Mary Jones, m. Joseph Morden; set. Sophiasburgh. Issue: (1) 

Catherine E., (2) Lucretia M., (3) Susanna, and (4) Jones. 

VI. Jane Jones, m. Henry McDonald; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 
Sarah E., (2) William H., (3) Hannah, (4) Mary A., (5) 
Harriet, (6) James, and (7) Jane. 

VII. Sarah Jones, m. John McDonald; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 
Mary E., (2) Davidson, (3) Amelia, (4) Robert H., (5) 
Joseph E., (6) John N., and (7) Marjorie. 

VIII. Samuel Jones, m. Almira Foster; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 
Deborah A., (2) Franklin F., (3) Mary E., (4) Robert, (5) 
S. J. Leslie, (6) James, (7) Susanna A., (8) Malissa J., and 
(9) George. 

IX. Margaret Jones, m. Joseph McDonald; set. Hillier. Issue: 
(1) Susanna E., and (2) William P. 

X. Robert Jones, m. Margaret VanHorn; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 

Susanna, and (2) Cora, 

XI. Susanna Jones, m. Gilbert Noxon; set. Hillier. Issue: (1) 
James E. 

See I. The Francis B. Jones Branch: 

(1) James Jones, m. 1st, Jane Gibson, and 2nd, Sarah M. 
Babbit ; set. Hillier: 

(2) Stephen H. Jones, m. Ellen Jolly; set. Ameliasburgh. 

(3) Malissa M. Jones, m. George Gibson; set. Hillier. 

(4) Robert Jones, m. Rebecca A. Howe ; set. Hillier. 

(5) Elizabeth Jones, m. Robert Grant; set. Hillier. 

(6) John Jones, d. unm. 


A. Jours, in. Samuel Ilemlrv; set. Hallowell. 
I. Jones, in. William McComb; set. Hillier. 
/inns />. Jon* x ttrnnch: 
' .iios Jones, (I. aged 10 years. 

. ! ;rih Jones, m. Thomas White; set. Northumberland 
nty . 

Jones, m. Sarah Wilson; set. Northumberland Co. 
:ge Jones, unm. ; set. California. 

Jones, m. and set. Brighton. 

Mary A. Jones, m. Abel Harrington; set. near Brighton. 

rah E. Jones, m. Peter Peasterd; set. near Brighton. 

'ank Jones, m. Catherine S. Arthur; set. Hillier. Issue: 

(a) Nessie M., m. Charles Morton; set. Hillier. No issue. 

(6) Arthur F., m. Katie D. Hendry; set. Georgia. No 

;e. (c) Myrtle, unm.; set. on homestead. 
(9) Margaret J. Jones, m. Hiram Grannis; set. Manitoba. 

Nancy Jones, drowned aged 15 years. 

(11) Phoebe A. Jones, m. Seymour Stapleton; set. Bloomfield. 
Harper Jones, unm.; set. California. 
Harriet Jones, m. 1st, Marshall Thorn, 2nd, David Ells- 
worth, 3rd, William Farleigh, and 4th, Louis W. Bates, 
now resident Toronto. Issue ; by 1st, (a) Albro W. Thorn, 
unm., (&) Samuel M. Thorn, unm., (c) Phoebe E. Thorn, 
m. Frederick D. Moore; set. Toronto. No issue; and (d) 
Jones B. Thorn, d. y. 
1 1 The Elizabeth Jones Branch: 

(1) Gilbert Borland, m. Mary E. Stapleton; set. finally 

Robert Borland, m. 1st, Mary J. Caldwell, 2nd, Sarah 
Baird, and 3rd, Kate Thorn; set. Picton. 
Samuel J. Borland; set. California. 
Mary E. Borland, m. Thomas Caldwell; set. Hillier. 
Matilda Borland, m. John Crippen; set. Hillier. 

rah A. Borland, m. Warren Foster; set. Sophiasbur<;h. 
Joseph Borland, d. aged 20 years. 
Tabitha Borland, m. Alfred Foster; set. Sophiaslmrirh. 
.lohn Borland, m. and set. California. 
V ( 1 1. The Samuel Join N branch : 

(1) Deborah A. Jones, m. 1st, Samuel Simpson, and 'Jiid. Levi 
Anderson : set. Thurlow, 


(2) Franklin F. Jones, m. 1st, Sarah J. Borland, and 2nd, 
Margaret Jones; set. finally Toronto. Issue: by 1st, (a) 
Alman, m. Eliza Broadhurst; set. Buffalo. (Issue: Lila 
May.) (6) Almira, Principal Presbyterian Hospital of 
Chicago, (c) Kenneth Niles, unm. ; set. Vancouver; and 
by 2nd, (d) Marian A., and (e) Nora Estelle, m. Edward 
Padden; set. Toronto. Issue: George Kenneth. 

(3) Mary E. Jones, m. John Minaker; set. California. 

(4) Rev. Robert Jones, m. Elva Flagler; set. finally North- 
west. Issue: (a) Dora, (&) Nellie, (c) Robert, (d) 
George, (e) Charles, (/) Gerald, and (g) Dorothy. 

(5) S. J. Leslie Jones, a public school teacher; was twice m. 
and set. California. 

(6) James Jones, m. 1st, Emma Foster, and 2nd, Kate Pyke; 
set. Belleville. Issue: by 1st, (a) Mattie, (6) Carrie, (c) 
George, (d) Mary, and (e) Charles. 

(7) Susanna A. Jones, m. William Cadman; set. Consecon. 
Issue: (a) William C. 

(8) Malissa Jones, m. David E. Clark; set. Trenton. Issue: 
(a) Frank, (6) Mollie, (c) Gerald, and (d) Eric. 

(9) George Jones, d. aged 20 years. 
See X. The Robert Jones Branch: 

(1) Susanna Jones, m. David Clinton; set. Wellington. Issue: 
(a) Robert B., and (6) Norman D. 

(2) Cora Jones, m. William P. Niles ; set. Wellington. 


Long before the War of Independence the Jacksons were old 
settlers in Long Island, New York. Jacob S. Jackson married 
Mariam Searing, and was the first of the name to settle in the 
County of Prince Edward. He landed at the mouth of a small 
stream, and there his wife vowed she would travel no further. 

"Here I shall live and die," she said; and she kept her word. 

This was shortly after the Revolutionary War. Walter Jack- 
son, one of their descendants, still lives on the old homestead in 
Hallowell. Robert Jackson is the possessor of a "History of the 
Quakers, 1415-1717," printed some time in the eighteenth century, 
which contains an interesting record of the Jackson family. We 
excerpt a page from this book probably the oldest one in private 


iada to-day containing the dates of the births of the 
lames and Rebecca Jackson, of Flushing, in Queens 
,niiLr Island, to-wit: 

"Thomas Jackson, born 1694; Mary, 1696; Sarah, 1697; 

lti!><); John, 1701; Charity, 1702; Elizabeth, 1703; James, 

"SlJiam, 1705; Hannah, 1706; William (2), 1707; Martha, 

M. 1710; Richard, 1711; Phoebe, 1712; Robert, 1713; 

Jemima, 1714; Samuel, 1715; Stephen, 1717, and Benjamin, 1719." 

page reads: 

omit of the births of the children of Robert Jackson 

and .Joanna, his wife, of Oyster Bay, Queens County, Nasseau 

nd Province of New York: Jacob Jackson, born 1746; 

1747; James, 1749; Isaac, 1752, and Robert, 1756." 

K> Jackson (b. 1783), the fifth child of the pioneer, served 

he War of 1812. He helped to clear the land on which 

is Fort Henry, Kingston, and assisted in building that fort; 

helped to build the first block house. At the end of the 

campaign, when he had received his discharge and his regiment 

disbanded, he returned to Hallowell. He was granted one hun- 

acres of land in Peterboro, as a reward for his military service, 

but afterwards sold the same. He died in 1860, aged 76; his wife 

survived him by several years, and they now rest side by side in 

the Old Pettit Cemetery at West Lake. There are living of his sons 

daughters: Bela, in Hallowell; James in Picton; Thomas and 

Elizabeth (Mrs. Judah Hutchinson), in Wellington; Henry, on the 

old homestead; Edgar, at West Lake; and Isaac, in Toronto. The 

Moved to the United States and are either deceased or have 

n heard of for many years. 

Being blessed with grown-up sons and daughters, life in the 

bush was softened and labors were lightened for Jacob Jackson, 

who lived for nearly a quarter of a century at West Lake. He saw 

dchildren grow up and settle around him, and he died at 

old age of nearly four score years. His wife died in 1825 

Id age of eighty-seven. Many of their descendants are to 

Mind settled in Hallowell township in prosperous circumstances 

and happy surroundings. 

A great-granddaughter of the Pioneer, Ann E. Jackson, 
daughter of Bela Jackson, married J. Webster Talcott. (Sr> 
tt family.) 



I. Audrey Jackson, b. 1773, m. Harry Leet ; set. Hallowell. Issue : 

(1) Johanna, (2) Mary, (3) Parney, (4) Millie, (5) Fannie, 
(6) Abigail, (7) Betsy A., (8) Henry, and (9) Solomon. 

II. Abigail Jackson, b. 1776. 

III. James Jackson, b. 1778; remained in United States. 

IV. Johanna Jackson, b. 1781. 

V. Isaac Jackson, b. 1783, m. 1st, Ann P. Baldwin, and 2nd, 
Eleanor Eckert; set. Hallowell. Issue: by 1st, (1) Caroline, 

(2) Richard, (3) Eliza, (4) Mary A., (5) Bela; and by 2nd, 
(6) James, (7) Elizabeth, (8) Abigail, (9) Thomas, (10) 
Isaac, (11) Henry, (12) William, (13) Stephen, (14) Alva, 
(15) Edgar, and (16) Jacob S. 

VI. Rowland Jackson, m. Mary Ferguson ; set. Black Creek. Issue : 

(I) Mariam, (2) Rachel, (3) Henry, (4) Jacob, (5) Mary, 
(6) Elizabeth, (7) Lucy, (8) Amy, (9) Nancy, (10) Robert, 

(II) Polly, (12) Matilda, and (13) Irene. The father d. 
1869, aged 83 yrs. ; the mother d. 1867, aged 59 yrs. 

VII. Willet Jackson, b. 1790; m. Betsey Cole; set. Hallowell. 
Issue: (1) Daniel, (2) Mahala, and (3) Louisa. 

VIII. Rebecca Jackson, b. 1793, m. Bela Johnson; set. Hallowell. 
Issue: (1) James, (2) Betsey, (3) Guy, (4) Johanna, (5) 
Searing, (6) Mehetabel, (7) Zenas, (8) Aaron, (9) Polly, (10) 
Rebecca, and (11) Bela. 

IX. Mary Jackson, b. 1795, m. Aaron Cunningham ; set. Hallowell. 

See I. The Audrey Jackson Branch: 

(1) Johanna Leet, m. Andrew Tuttle; set. Athol. Issue: (a) 
Audrey, (b) Elizabeth, (c) Abigail, (d) Henry, (e) 
Thomas, (/) Solomon, (g) Jackson, and (h) Bela. 

(2) Mary Leet, m. Caleb Ellsworth; set. East Lake. 

(3) Parney Leet, m. Jonathan Miller; set. Wellington. Issue: 
(a) Archie, (6) Aleck, (c) Margaret, (d) Susan, (e) 
Mary, (/) Sarah A., and (g) Deborah. 

(4) Millie Leet, m. Isaiah Insley; set. Hallowell. Issue: (a) 
Silvanus, (&) Almira, (c) James, and (d) Mary. 

(5) Fannie Leet, m. Joseph Collier; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
(a) Jacob, (fo) James, and (c) John. 


t, m. 1st, Joseph Jinks, and 2nd, Mr. Benson; 
. Ameliasburgh. No issue. 

A. Leet, m. Charles Austin; set. Ilaliburton. Issue: 
: f-anklin, (6) Willet, (c) Mehetabe], (d] feaac, (e) 

Kind-son, (/') Sarah J., and (g) Char! 
Henry Le-t ; sot. Toronto. 
- iouion Leet, unm. 

l.taac Jackson Brand : 

;roline .Jackson, m. Thomas Ketchum; set. Hallowell. 

ie : (a) Annie, (b) Arza, (c) Helen, and (d) Hial 
Kichard Jackson, m. Rebecca Bowerman; set. Hallowell. 

me: (a) Sarah A., (b) John S., (c) Frank, (d) Bert, 
(e) Erastus, (/) Ida, and (g) Marietta. 
Eliza Jackson, m. Jonathan Striker; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
(a) James, and (b) Caroline. 
Mary Jackson, m. Charles Gerow; set. Michigan. 
Bela Jackson, m. Angelina Townsend; set. Hallowell. 
issue: (a) Hial, m. Clara Biglow; set. Chicago. (Issue: 
Klma, and Carl.) (b) Annie E., m. J. Webster Talcott. 

e the Talcott family, (c) Emma J., m. Edward Foster; 
M-t. Hallowell. (Issue: Rial.) (d) Caroline, m. William 
Tompsett; set. Hallowell. No issue, (e) Sarah, m. Lewis 
W. Clark; set. Hillier. (Issue: Evelina, Helen A., Jack- 

i, Everett L., and Anna M.) (/") Elizabeth, unm.; set. 
Illinois, (g) Amelia, m. Rev. W. Ezra Leavitt; set. 

James Jackson, m. Harriet Wilder; set. Picton. Issue: 
(a) Alice, (b) Alma, and (c) Alida. 
Klizabeth Jackson, m. Judah Huteheson; set. Hillier. 
ue: (a) Isaac, (b) Marmaduke, (c) Isaac, (d) Susan, 
and >) Ella. 

Abigail Jackson, m. Jesse Cole; set. Athol. Issue: 
(a) Teresa, (b) Elizabeth, (c) Carrie, (d) Viola, and 


Thomas Jackson, m. Helen Cotter; set. Wellington. 
Issue: (a) William II., and (b) Mary E., m. David \V. 
Kobinson, Warden of the County; set. Ameliasbun, r li. No 

!<)< Isaac Jackson, in. .lane Hicks; set. Toronto. [B8U6: 

.Jackson, in. Albert Mills; set. West Lake, tissue: 


Myrtle, and Bessie.) (&) William B. Jackson, m. Nettie 
J. Derbyshire; set. Toronto. (Issue: Wilson H., and 
Florence B.) (c) Milton Jackson, m. Sarah Brown; set. 
Toronto. (Issue: Mary E, and Lelia.) (d) Daniel Jack- 
son, m. Annie A. Cavan; set. Toronto. (Issue: Mar- 
garet), (e) Josephine Jackson, m. Guy Scott; set. Point 
Peter, Prince Edward County. (Issue: Harry B., and 
Jessie P.) (/) Hattie E. Jackson, m. Daniel J. Minna- 
ker; set. North Marysburg. (Issue: Harold W.) (g) 
Mary Jackson, d. y. (h) Annie Jackson, unm. 

(11) Henry Jackson, m. Susan Hicks; set. West Lake. Issue: 
(a) Mary E. 

(12) William Jackson, m. and set. California. 

(13) Stephen Jackson, m. 1st, Betsy Zufeldt; set. Eaton, New 

(14) Alva Jackson. 

(15) Edgar Jackson, m. Bashaby Parks; set. Hallowell. Issue: 
(a) Carrie, (6) Elizabeth, (c) Leslie, and (d) Flossie. 

(16) Jacob S. Jackson, d. unm. 

See VI. The Rowland Jackson Branch: 

(1) Marian Jackson, m. Wilson Bentley, lawyer; set. Athol. 
Issue: (a) Benjamin, (6) Rowland, (c) Elijah, (d) Sam- 
uel, (e) Henry, and (/) Marian. 

(2) Rachel Jackson, m. John Williams; set. U. S. No issue. 

(3) and (4) Henry and Jacob Jackson, d. unm. 

(5) Mary Jackson, b. 1817. 

(6) Elizabeth Jackson, m. Abraham VanAlstine; set. Athol. 
Issue: (a) John, (6) Henry, (c) Cornelius, (d) George, 
(e) Lynus, (/) Ceclia, (g) Calvin, (h) Emma, and (i) 

(7) Lucy Jackson, unm.; set. South Marysburg. 

(8) Amy Jackson, m. William Gerolomy; set. Black Creek. 

(9) Nancy Jackson, m. John Williams; set. Prince Edward. 
Issue: (a) Homer, (6) Josephine, and (c) Franklin. 

(10) Robert Jackson, unm.; set. South Marysburg. 

(11) Polly Jackson, d. unm. 

(12) Matilda Jackson, d. y. 

(13) Irene Jackson, m. Job Austin ; set. Black Creek. No issue. 
See VII. The Willet Jackson Branch: 

(1) Daniel Jackson, m. Catharine Burlingham; set. Hallo- 


IL Issue: Elgin, Phoebe, Walter, Kiimta. and Willet. 
! ;lia!a Jackson, in. Daniel McFaul ; set. Detroit. 

i.-irkson, in. Ilaskdl MeFaul; set. Hillier. 


jjiiesons are Scotch-Irish, who originally came from 

!. and the family name can be traced to the times of Wall- 

During the years they lived in Ireland they took 

d loyal part in the various wars and troubles that 

n the opposing forces, being consistent and earnest 

>!' the Orange cause and the Hanovarian succession. 

to say, the family in Ireland and Canada have been active 

the Loyal Orange Institution. 

The first one of the family to come to this part of the coun- 

J ames Jamieson, who came from Ireland about two years 

ue cholera epidemic. He settled at Picton and became a 

Citizen, being quite successful and prominent in trade, 

burning lime on a very large scale. He is best known, perhaps, as 

"iinded the first Orange Lodge in Picton. 

His father, Robert Jamieson, came to Canada with his fain- 

it two years later. He was a large powerful man, six feet 

inches high, and as strong and heavy in proportion. Having 

disposition and of good heart, he volunteered to nurse the 

patients, the disease having broken out on shipboard. He 

mmune while on the vessel, but, strange to say, contracted 

shortly after landing, and died at Kingston. 
:ii Jamieson accompanied his parents and his brothers, 
William, Hugh, Edward and Joseph, to Canada. A sister, 
t, remained in Ireland. She married a Mr. Redford, who 
''ll-to-do silk weaver in the vicinity of Bristol. 
:i Jamieson learne